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Approach

In order to restart research activities in a safe and flexible manner, we implemented a multi-phased approach for the resumption of research activities from the research Ramp Down phase:

 

PHASES

Category

Ramp Down

Phase 1 

Phase 2A

Phase 2B

Phase 3

Effective Date

Mar 18, 2020

June 8, 2020

Sept 2, 2020

Jan 4, 2021

 TBD

On campus Researcher Population

<5%

Less than approx. 33%*

Less than approx. 66%*

Less than approx. 66%*

100% new normal

Remote work

Most activity remote

All that is possible

All that is possible

All that is possible

When reasonable

“research” activities

Critical only

Critical + prioritized

Expanded

Expanded

All

Faculty / Staff / Post-docs

Essential only

Voluntary

Voluntary

Voluntary

Yes

Grad/Med Students

Essential only

Voluntary

Voluntary

Voluntary

Yes

COOP Students

Essential only

Voluntary

Voluntary

Voluntary

Yes

Undergraduates

No

No

 Non-credit bearing activities 

Credit and non-credit bearing activities 

Yes

Mitigation (e.g., PPE / Physical Distancing / Cleaning)

 Required - Follow CDC guidelines

TBD 

*the physical distancing requirements must be maintained at this level of activity and could limit the overall density

Transitioning between these phases is designed to allow safe management of population density requirements with the cumulative increase of activity.  It is anticipated that changes in guidance and process may be required, given new information related to COVID19 and our own experiences.  

Given the diverse range of research activities across the University, Colleges / Schools / Departments we use the following broad research categories to characterize all of these activities.

Category of Research

Description

Example 

On-Campus

Activities that require access to specialized equipment, facilities

Can include face to face activities

Lab-based, computational analysis, animal studies

Clinical or behavioral activities that include human subjects

Field-Based

Activities that require data collection in specific locations (on-campus, off-campus)

Can include face to face activities

Community based research, field specimen collection

Non-Clinical, clinical, or behavioral human subjects projects occurring at external sites (i.e., nursing homes, individual homes, community centers)

Clinical - Medical

Activities that include clinical medical interventions, procedures, assessments, or treatment

Clinical trials and investigator-initiated research with human subjects, studies involving “vulnerable populations”

Clinical – Non-Medical

Activities that include non-medical clinical assessments, or treatment 

Behavioral assessment of research subjects