COVID-19 Guidelines

Guidelines for Research Labs

We aim to continue research operations in a safe and coordinated manner to maintain 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 were required to submit a risk reduction plan in order to resume research activities in May 2020, which was approved by their department chair or dean. Labs must continue to evaluate this plan and adhere to these guidelines in order to maintain in-person research activities.

The full re-opening policy from May 2020 can be downloaded here: Research Lab Re-Opening Guidelines

Important Highlights

General Guidelines:
  • Personnel are required to complete a screening check 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