COVID-19 Guidelines

Guidelines for Re-Opening Research Labs

We aim to re-start research operations in a safe and coordinated manner to regain reasonable levels of productivity while taking measures to control the epidemic spread of COVID-19. Implementation of these directions is a responsibility of each individual PI, and shall be closely monitored by department chairs and deans.

Research labs may start to resume activities on May 18, after submission of a risk reduction plan and with approval from the department chair or dean. This policy pertains to research labs activities of faculty, research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. A separate policy for teaching labs will be released by course directors at a later date.

The full re-opening policy can be downloaded here: Research Lab Re-Opening Guidelines

Important Highlights for Re-Opening

General Guidelines:
  • Personnel are required to complete daily screening EVERY DAY before entering the workplace using the CampusClear app: #CampusClear
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask (cloth or surgical type) when entering buildings, in common areas such as hallways, elevators, bathrooms, and shared spaces, and any time when 6 ft. of social distancing is not possible.
  • Wash hands regularly and at least every 2 hrs.
  • Maintain respiratory etiquette (i.e., do not breathe on others; use disposable tissues or your elbow when coughing or sneezing).
  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Limit gatherings to less than 10 people.
Lab-Related Guidelines:
  • Establish alternating bench and desk spaces to maintain 6 foot distancing zones, with a goal of 1 lab member per 250 sq. ft. of lab space.
  • Stagger start/end times or split staff to reduce the total number of staff in the lab at one time.
  • Assign each individual a desk and work space to avoid sharing spaces.
  • Regularly disinfect common touch points, such as door handles, faucets, light switches, chairs, pipets, and equipment keyboards and touch pads.
  • Wear masks in the lab unless working alone.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology