Research at CMU During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Effective July 1, 2021, CMU shifted to a Transitional Posture, which, as the name indicates, is designed to support our community as we transition back to daily in-person experiences.
Under this transitional posture, the submission and maintenance of individual return plans is no longer required. Weekly reporting on previously approved plans is also no longer required. Individual labs/facilities may relax density limitations, scheduling and entrance/exit logging activities at their discretion, provided they continue to follow all relevant university-wide guidance and policies.
See below for revised guidance on conducting human subjects research.
Quick Links and Resources
Researcher Return Details
Responding to illness, exposure and/or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis
As part of the plan to return to on-site operations, researchers are required to acknowledge their awareness of the university policies and procedures on the following:
Lab continuity and ramp-down plans
All research faculty should have already developed continuity plans for their lab groups in preparation for a ramp down of research. A return of on-site research will require you to summarize these plans in the event that public health circumstances require another suspension or remote migration of research activities within 24 hours.
Use the researcher pandemic preparedness guide (a 2-page self-examination; .pdf) to help you with your plans.
Return to on-site research plans
Effective July 1, 2021 approval for resuming research is no longer required.
Health and safety compliance requirements
All research activities need to address the health and safety compliance considerations as outlined by university policy.
Cleaning and maintaining research spaces
All projects/facilities are responsible for ensuring regular cleaning and disinfecting of active spaces. In all circumstances, FMCS will continue cleaning and disinfection regimens for common areas.
Human subjects considerations
Effective July 1, 2021:
Human subjects researchers must advise all study participants and those who accompany them of their relevant obligations under the university minimum requirements. In order to facilitate compliance with the minimum requirements, researchers should follow the guidance in the revised COVID-19 Screening Process and Questions. This screening process replaces previous guidance/requirements and screening questions.
Researchers are advised that they are not permitted to ask and/or document a participant’s vaccination status nor are they permitted to require participants to be vaccinated unless such activities and requirements are part of an approved IRB protocol.
All persons coming on site to participate in human subjects research are considered to be approved visitors by the Vice President for Research. No additional approvals are necessary unless required by a facility-specific policy.
More Information for Researchers
You can find all research communications on the OVPR website
Sponsored Research Questions
If you have questions related to the implications of remote work on your sponsored agreements, and those questions are not addressed through resources on our webpage of Coronavirus Related Guidance from Government Agencies and Professional Societies, please reach out to your research administrator, the Office of Sponsored Programs or Sponsored Projects Accounting.