Guidance on WSU Research Operations and Services
March 16, 2020
Dear Colleagues –
As you know, all university operations are adapting to the COVID-19 challenge.
First and foremost is your health and that of those around you. Please keep this in mind as we go forward and as you manage your laboratory and ongoing or planned studies.
As a community, we have serious issues to address and I cannot overemphasize this.
All efforts should be focused on stopping the spread of COVID-19.
This is a serious responsibility that we all have and we must step up across the board.
Specific information will be posted at two major websites as well as the individual sites for each research support unit as all evolves this week.
As always, please contact us directly with thoughts and questions as we go forward to be sure that we have all the bases covered as situations arise.
At this time, research facilities on campus remain open with access to individual laboratories. However, we will be transitioning to limited access in these areas midweek as needed and you must take immediate action to adjust your laboratory operations accordingly. All funding agencies are cognizant of these issues, the declaration of national emergency and all associated challenges relative to research continuity and will provide further guidance support platforms going forward.
The research support offices under the auspices of the Vice President for Research are mobilized to provide continuity of operations through a variety of mechanisms including remote operations and inter-unit communications across campus.
We have implemented a pause on all on-site visits for subject participants and home visits involving research staff until further notice with exception guidelines as posted and updated as the situation evolves.
All studies should implement remote platforms for subject engagement as appropriate and follow guidelines for documenting and handling any deviations from approved study protocols.
Guidance for Investigators and Research Teams
Onsite operations and access to research facilities will likely be restricted further this week.
Research laboratories are urged to restrict personnel to those performing functions essential to prevent long-term loss of resources and data. Undergraduate researchers should remain home and graduate students enabled given the option as appropriate.
Note that deliveries may be delayed for a variety of reasons as we go forward including availability of the specific items ordered and shipping logistics.