Reopening Phases

Phase 1 - Previous Phase

“Hibernation” phase, where only critical research activities may occur. Exceptions granted by the Vice President for Research based on the recommendation by the Deans. View details of Phase 1 here. Please note that this content contains archived information.

Phase 2 - Previous Phase

On-site personnel limited to approximately 25% of nominal laboratory, studio, and core facility density at any given time. View details of Phase 2A and 2B here. Please note that this content contains archived information.

Phase 3 - Previous Phase

Gradual expansion of research (e.g., longitudinal research and other time-sensitive studies) that presents a compelling rationale for physical access to campus. View details of Phase 3 here. Please note that this content contains archived information.  

Phase 3.1 - Previous Phase

Research labs, studios, and core facilities may participate in a pilot program on reopening to inform campus policy for the fall semester. Participating labs, studios, and core facilities may return to full density, masks remain required indoors, weekly surveillance testing required. View details of Phase 3.1 here. Please note that this content contains archived information.

Phase 4 - Current Phase

Return to full research operations with few to no limitations. In some cases, protocols for phases beyond Phase 3 may be locally defined under the guidance of Deans and Department Chairs in consultation with the VPR. 

Transitioning Between Phases

The phases described above apply campus-wide and represent a maximum density of any laboratory, studio, or core facility during that phase. For example, an individual laboratory, studio, or core facility may choose not to reopen in Phase 2, but may open in Phase 3 at the density for that phase. Conversely, a lab or studio may remain at the density of Phase 2 even though the campus has moved to Phase 3.

The timing of transitions between Phases 2, 3, and 4 was decided by University Leadership with input from the Research Task Force, Building Services, and RMS and announced by the VPR. 

It is possible that the University research community might have to move backward between phases if conditions warrant (e.g., community or campus outbreaks), including a return to research hibernation (Phase 1).

Need more information?

For additional guidance, please communicate with your Department Chair and if needed, relevant member of the Subtask Force on Research Laboratory Operations. Members include Jim Brockmole, Steve Corcelli, Melanie DeFord, and Mark McCready.

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