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Health and Human Development Return to Research Plan

We must recognize that COVID-19 is a potentially serious and very infectious disease. It is incumbent on all of us to protect the health and safety of all individuals and to preserve the capacity of our healthcare systems. We must work together to balance on-campus work activities while protecting the health and safety of the workforce and the broader community.

With this in mind, our first principle in campus return remains:  all research that can be effectively conducted remotely should continue to be conducted remotely.

However, department heads, center directors, and unit heads may request approval to return to on-campus research work for those who perform research activities that cannot continue to be done remotely. All requests must be submitted for approval through the process described herein. Those permitted to return to University facilities are still expected to limit on campus activity to the extent possible.

Increasing personnel and activities in our on-campus facilities, as with any other activity that increases contact with others during these times, involves the assumption of some additional risk.  However, policies and guidelines being implemented by the University around campus return will reduce this risk.  Critically important for anyone returning to campus is to follow the established personal safety practices

All employees coming on site, either temporarily or on a routine basis, will be required to follow established personal safety practices.

Note: Throughout this guidance, “on-campus” includes any university facility or field site, including home/school visits.

Process for Research Groups to Request Access to Campus Facilities

Researchers who wish to return to or increase on-campus research activities must complete the HHD Return to Research survey.  One survey should be submitted per research groups (labs, research teams, etc.), and not by individuals within a research group (i.e, one request per research group).

Researchers who are already approved through the above process, and who wish to request access for additional personnel, must complete the HHD Return to Research - Adding Personnel survey.

Undergraduate students may be involved in on-campus research activities only with prior approval; see additional guidance on Undergraduate Research Experiences.

Researcher Responsibilities

Upon receiving permission to return to on-campus research activities, by commencing activities, all researchers and research groups are agreeing to abide by a number of different responsibilities.

Human Subjects Research

The process to request approval to initiate in-person human subjects research will run in parallel with the Return to Research process. These processes can be initiated at the same time, but the college will not forward support for approval for in-person human subjects research to the University until the researcher has received college approval. An important component of the request to conduct in-person human subjects research is a solid and compelling rationale for carrying out the research now.

University Guidance

Individual Behaviors

Campus, Building, and Safety Protocols 

Contacts

Kathryn Drager
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
kdd5@psu.edu

Kevin Kelliher
Operations Manager, Facilities Coordinator, Safety Officer
kxk84@psu.edu

Kari Allatt
Human Resources Strategic Partner
kea14@psu.edu

Craig Newschaffer
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz
newschaffer@psu.edu

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