Research Continuity and Governor's Executive Order
Last Updated: March 24, 2020
Research-Related Minimum Basic Operations Include:
- Projects related to COVID-19, particularly if they have a timeline for deployment that could address the crisis.
- Activity that ensures safe conditions that if discontinued would pose a safety hazard, and/or that maintains critical equipment or resources in facilities and laboratories or other infrastructure.
- Clinical trial activity, which if discontinued, would negatively impact the patient’s care.
- Activity that ensures humane care of animal populations.
- Activity that maintains critically needed and uniquely available plant populations, tissue cultures, bacteria, archaea, and other living organisms.
- Seasonally dependent agricultural and environmental field research with critical implications for human and animal health, as well as food security.
- Activity that if discontinued would generate significant loss of existing data in a longitudinal or long-term study in support of critical infrastructure.
- Activities as described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in March 19, 2020 guidance on the COVID-19 response at CISA COVID-19, including those that impact national security and maintain the value of federally-designated scientific user facilities, associated equipment, and cryogen inventory.
If you are unsure whether on-campus aspects of your research constitute or entail stewardship of critical research infrastructure, please consult with your college associate dean for research or your department chair.
If you believe you need to undertake activities that should be considered essential to “minimum basic operations”, but that are not explicitly described above, please inform your chair (e.g., by email), so that these activities can be reviewed and documented.
Any research-related minimum basic operations activity should be conducted in a manner to minimize the number of individuals involved subject to safety requirements, and to maintain stringent hygienic practices and strict social distancing. Access to lab, facilities, and field sites will be available only for personnel who conduct essential minimum basic operations or are preparing their research operations for full shut-down.
As a reminder, faculty members cannot and should not require graduate students to come to campus, though that does not preclude their willing participation in minimum basic operation
Research activities that can be conducted remotely (i.e., from home) are unaffected by this guidance, and are encouraged. This includes, for example, writing and reviewing papers, grant proposals, subject interviews (via internet or telecommunication), computation and mathematical calculation.
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