Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Research Operations during COVID-19

COVID-19 Research Information

Transitioning Health Safety Expectations for Research Operations

As indicated in Chancellor Plowman’s August 2 message to the campus community, with vaccines readily available, we are relying on members of our research community to make informed decisions about their health and how to protect themselves. The spread of the Delta variant in our community makes these personal health decisions more critical than ever.

We encourage all Vol researchers to get vaccinated.  Additionally, in response to increasing spread of the Delta variant, students, faculty, and staff are now required to wear masks in research labs and in other indoor research settings. This is particularly important in places where social distancing options are limited or where multiple individuals must share an indoor space or lab for a period of time. For researchers whose activities occur off-campus, please continue to follow any additional requirements that may be in place at those sites.

We will continually re-evaluate the need for masks based on COVID-19 case counts in our community.

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

For more information on university guidance during COVID-19, please visit

Additional Information