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IV. Research and Creative Activity: Resuming critical work in labs, workshops, studios, stages, and other creative spaces

Principle 13: Research and Creative Activity are critical to the mission the University’s faculty and students; Research and Creative Activity will resume as robustly as possible with enhanced safety protocols. 

Recommendation 13.A. Researchers and creative personnel who require use of on-site facilities to carry out their work may seek approval to safely resume activity using template forms that detail the nature of the work, personnel involved, location, and a detailed safety plan detailing implementation of CDC guidelines for minimizing transmission of COVID-19. 

  • The PI/ Lead Creative should complete and submit the Research/Creative Activity Restart Form to their Department Chair or School Director, who will review and upon approval submit to the appropriate Associate Dean for review. Upon approval, the Associate Dean will route to the Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Laboratory Safety Officer for review and sign-off. Approval by the VPRCA constitutes authorization to proceed with the requested activity. 

Recommendation 13.B. Approval of requests is occurring on a rolling basis with research and creative activity initiated on-site accordingly. The Safety Office will conduct audits of research and creative spaces according to standard procedures, with COVID-19 safety considerations included.   

  • The Research Division has coordinated with Purchasing for bulk orders of PPE that will be distributed at the college level.