COVID-19 and Your Research Program

Updated June 1, 2020

As part of the larger university effort to plan for the possible arrival and containment of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Vice President for Research & Innovation is committed to assisting Miami's research community. This page will be updated as the situation evolves and new information becomes available.

Steps for researchers to take immediately

Unless you have received approval from the VPRI and provost to continue critical research on campus, follow the governor's stay-at-home order, which became effective at 11:59pm on Monday, March 23. Even If you have approval to conduct critical research on campus, you should:

  • Monitor yourself for signs of illness and stay home if you are sick. Specifically, you should:
    • Take your temperature daily and stay home if you have a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees;
    • Stay home if you have a new continuous cough, sore throat, generalized muscle pain, loss of or change to sense of smell or taste, unusual fatigue, chills, or shortness of breath.
  • Practice social distancing. Reduce meetings, use Webex or other videoconferencing tools, work in shifts, or work remotely when possible. If personnel must share space, make sure they maintain 6 feet of distance.
  • Enhance cleaning of shared instruments and surfaces, including phones, lab equipment, benches, and doorknobs. Choose a disinfectant that is safe and appropriate for the item being cleaned.
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. This is how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. (Tired of "Happy Birthday?" Try one of these songs.)
All researchers can view specific guidance and resources on the topics listed below. 



Many thanks to Washington University in St. Louis for allowing us to adapt their guidance for use at Miami.

Contact Us: COVID-19 and Your Research Program

Alicia Knoedler
Vice President for Research & Innovation
102 Roudebush Hall