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Research Operations during COVID-19

COVID-19 research information

Transitioning Health Safety Expectations for Research Operations

Policies concerning pandemic-related health safety practices in research operations have been revised following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding masking and social distancing for vaccinated persons.

For all faculty, staff and students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative work, a COVID-19 vaccination is not required, but it is strongly recommended. COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Student Health Center Pharmacy by appointment, your doctor’s office, a clinic in your area.

The CDC has indicated that individuals who have been fully vaccinated, defined as being 14 days past the final dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine, do not need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing, indoors or out. The CDC has outlined exceptions to this guidance, including in health care facilities and on public transportation.

The CDC encourages individuals who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing a mask and distancing for their own protection. Please note that any individual can choose to wear a mask on campus, regardless of their vaccination status

The guidance summarized above informs our updated policies for pandemic-related health safety practices in research operations.