Dean For Research Announces Next Steps in Resumption of Activities

Dec. 1, 2020

The Dean of the Faculty, Dean for Research and Acting Dean of the Graduate School have announced next steps in the resumption of on-campus research and scholarly activities in two memos and on the COVID-19 Research Operations page.

The update makes it possible for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in academic departments and institutes to request permission to work on campus.

However, to help keep the campus density as low as possible, faculty and researchers should continue to work from home if they can do so effectively. On-campus work must be done in compliance with the University’s strict health and safety protocols.

Key points:

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others in academic departments in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities whose living conditions are a major impediment to their work may request approval to work on campus.
    • The policy includes researchers conducting non-laboratory work, including theoretical or computational work. (Previously, only laboratory-based researchers were permitted to work on campus.)
    • Priority will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Faculty members (assistant, associate and full professors, as well as senior lecturers) may request use of their office as a single-occupancy space, but are strongly encouraged to work from home if they can do so.

To learn more and request approval:

Updates to research policies and operations, including information relevant to the return of undergraduate students for spring 2021, can be found on the COVID-19 Research Operations page of the Dean for Research website.