UPDATE: Phased resumption of on-site activities:
Research and Development
The university initiated a phased resumption of limited, on-site research activities involving multiple schools, colleges and centers/institutes across campus beginning June 1, 2020. Summary points include the following:
Recent specific update items –
Dear Colleagues –
This memo provides a brief update on the phased resumption of defined on-site, research activities initiated at the end of May as outlined in my memo from June 5, 2020 - “UPDATE: Phased resumption of on-site, lab-based research activities.” https://i.wayne.edu/view/5edaba8a6414d
The university has now “re-operationalized” activities in~300 individual laboratories authorizing ~1400 individuals for a range of on-site research and creative activities in 30 facilities and sites across campus encompassing the great majority of all programs with on-site activities receiving extramural research funding. The overall process of the phased resumption of on-site activities is provided at https://research.wayne.edu/coronavirus/restartguidance.
Within the broad context of our university mission and a resumption of the range of on-campus activities involved with that mission – academics, research and service – the research ecosystem was the first major component of the three to initiate a broad on-site presence.
This involved the establishment of a culture and environment that fully enabled our on-site activities in a safe, secure and welcoming manner so that all felt immediately comfortable as they reengaged with on-site activities.
To do so required mobilization on multiple fronts and university-wide coordination essentially establishing new operational models and included the following.
Of course, as we operationalized in this sector over the past 7 weeks, there were various processes or aspects of the implementation that required real-time adjustment and flexibility.
Communication and coordination across multiple units and operations across the university were central to the success to date for this resumption of on-site activities set in place by the 9 subcommittees of the President’s Restart Task Force https://wayne.edu/coronavirus/campus-restart.
My appreciation to all that have been part of the process.
As always, thank you for your consideration and engagement.
The Path Ahead
We continue to learn and adapt as we go forward with a high state of vigilance on all aspects of the process.
It is critical that we continue to take measured steps forward through the summer and into the fall and adjust as needed. Given the operational platforms put in place for this area of on-site activity and feedback from those involved, I believe we are well-positioned to initiate the next phase of increased activity on campus.
The pace of this resumption of activities will continue to be informed through our continued interactions with those groups that were vital to the success of the initial phase.
Each of us must continue to take ownership and personal responsibility to assure the continued success of this process with the focus on a healthy and safe environment.
The steady success with the process of a phased resumption of on-site activities over the past 8 weeks required a tremendous effort by all involved across the entire university and this will continue to be the case as we go forward.