Continuing Research

In anticipation of a relaxation of stay at home orders during the summer of 2020, the Vice President for Research & Innovation (VPRI) empanelled a committee of faculty and staff from all campuses to develop principles, guidelines, and procedures for a safe return to labs and studios. The 26 committee members were selected via nominations by chairs and deans.

The committee developed a university-approved plan to return to research. The return to research (“R2R”) plan, which was implemented in phases starting June 1, 2020, consisted of two parts:

  1. "Guiding Principles for a Discipline-Based Approach to Restarting Research" was adapted from a large collaboration among the vice presidents of research at almost all APLU schools.
  2. "Ramp-Up Planning and Implementation" describes the phased approach to re-starting labs and studios and provides detailed guidance and supporting materials on what needs to be done to return to labs and studios.

In November 2020, the provost asked the R2R committee to revisit plans and to advise the research community about safe research during the winter break and during the Spring 2021 semester. The content on these pages regarding guiding research during the pandemic have been updated for the Spring 2021 semester.

Contact Us: Restarting Research

Susan McDowell
Vice President for Research & Innovation
102 Roudebush Hall