What activities are considered critical research?


The following research functions are classified as critical but require department chair and dean’s approval to continue at this time:

·              Conducting critical maintenance procedures that require regular attention to maintain laboratory viability. For example, cell, plant, or animal colony maintenance, maintaining shared computational equipment, and maintaining equipment that requires gas or cryogen monitoring/service, such as freezers, electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and incubators.

·              Certain clinical research, including therapeutic clinical research studies; monitoring of the safety and efficacy of patients in ongoing clinical trials; testing of patient/research samples for ongoing clinical trials that cannot be paused; and other lab work that impacts the immediate safety and health of our patients and community. 

·              With appropriate precautions and approvals, COVID-19 research that has the potential to mitigate the spread or impact of the pandemic.