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ORE Announces Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers

Consistent with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding regarding masking and social distancing for vaccinated persons, the university has updated guidance concerning pandemic-related health safety practices in research operations.

As of June 1, 2021, restrictions for on- and off-campus research, scholarship, and creative activities have been lifted. Health Safety Plans and self-screening forms for visitors are no longer required for UT research lab operations and IRB and human subjects research is fully operational with all previous restrictions removed.

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, or a clinic in your area.

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.