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Division of Research - Wayne State University

Dear Colleagues –

The university has developed a range of operational contingency plans relative to COVID-19 around all aspects of its mission with the anticipation that we will have specific challenges to face here in southeast Michigan.  A central university website link serves as a key site for information awareness and updates (

The Office of the Vice President for Research has coordinated with multiple units to develop a coordinated contingency plan for research continuity during any period of university closure or related issues that would impact our missions across education and research.  This includes sponsored projects administration and management as well as all regulatory considerations for different sectors of our research programs including vivarium resources and clinical trials.

Research continuity plans are focused on maintaining standard operations and support offices as appropriate through various enabling platforms including remote access, communication platforms and essential personnel staffing mechanisms and coordination with human resources.   

We will be posting guidance on the research website as events develop, but I wanted to go ahead and touch base with the research community to frame up the situation at present.  We will also be sharing a specific hotline number and email address soon for any questions as communications will be a key aspect of moving forward.

In the interim, I refer you to guidance from the CDC relative to COVID-19 as indicated below and to the Wayne State University COVID-19 web link (  We have also closely monitored the steps taken by the University of Washington in Seattle as they work to maintain research and business continuity during the cancellation of on site classes at the university.

Central to all aspects of the continuity plans and operations are the safety and support for all individuals that may be involved in this process with respect and support for all.

As always thank you for your consideration and kind engagement as we work forward around this global challenge. We will continue to keep everyone informed throughout the week.


As always, please contact us directly with suggestions, thoughts and questions as we go forward to be sure that we have all the bases covered. 

Stephen M. Lanier (

Julie O’Connor (; 313-577-8845 – office; 734-748-4207 – cell)

Anne-Marie Poltarik (; 313-577-4442 - office)