Carnegie Mellon University

April 16, 2020

This message is being sent to the ADRs for distribution to our research community.

Dear Colleagues,

When we announced our original decision to move to remote research operations, we indicated that researchers should be planning to do so until “at least the end of April.”  In recognition of where we are with the regional and state progression of COVID-19, we are now extending our move to remote research through at least the end of May.  We continue to evaluate on a real-time basis the timing of when we can resume some on-campus operations but for now researchers should be planning to operate remotely at least through the end of next month.

At this time, the only research-related activities permitted in CMU facilities are those that fall into specific categories and that are approved by your college’s dean and, in special cases, by the dean and me.  Also, as a reminder from our communication last Friday, visitors planning to arrive before the end of May should be postponed. New collaborating visitor requests with arrival dates before the end of May will not be processed by the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC).

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in collaboration with the Deans, will be standing up a working group to establish decision criteria, processes and procedures for how we might be able to begin research operations when we do reach a point where that is possible.  It is likely that a return to traditional on-campus research operations will happen gradually and will require social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE), for example. We will keep you updated on this work.

If you have questions related to the implications of remote work on your sponsoring 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, Sponsored Projects Accounting, or your sponsor’s program officer, as appropriate. 

I know that this situation has been disruptive to your research activities, and I appreciate your flexibility to move and maintain your activities remotely.

We will continue to keep you informed as we work through these issues.  Thank you again for all for your efforts to keep our community safe and our research activities operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.



J. Michael McQuade, PhD.
Vice President for Research