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We are in the midst of the phased reintroduction of Boston University’s on-campus research. Our goal is to protect and support our community, both by minimizing viral infections and by finding safe and creative ways to resume research previously put on hold. 


Updates Required – June 2021

As of June 2021, we are no longer requiring Research Recovery Plans for the return to on-campus research. Personnel lists are still required through the summer. Please take the following steps:

  1. Make a list of your lab/research personnel using this Excel template
  2. Submit your personnel list using this web form
  3. Ensure your personnel are in the appropriate testing categories. In MyBUworks, managers can change testing categories from Category 4 to Category 1, 2, or 3 for individuals who will be coming to campus after an extended absence. Students manage their own testing category but they should be prompted to update their category assignment if they will be working on campus.

FAQs

When can research spaces return to full capacity?

Effective Monday, June 14, experimental/”wet” labs are permitted to operate at full (100 percent) capacity, with the following conditions:

  • Before increasing capacity, labs need to complete and submit an updated personnel list using the template and submission form in the Research Recovery Toolkit.
  • Masks will continue to be required in research labs and administrative spaces.
  • All research personnel will need to complete daily attestations.
  • PIs are also responsible for ensuring their personnel are in the appropriate testing categories. In MyBUworks, managers can change testing categories from Category 4 to Category 1, 2, or 3 for individuals who will be coming to campus after an extended absence. Students manage their own testing category but they should be prompted to update their category assignment if they will be working on campus.

Offices and administrative spaces associated with research, including non-experimental/”dry” labs and human subjects research, will continue to operate at 50 percent capacity through Sunday, August 1, at which point they will also be permitted to return to full capacity.

What restrictions and requirements will remain in place for research through the summer?

The requirements for on-campus research this summer are as follows:

  • Before increasing capacity, PIs must submit an updated personnel list to the Office of Research, via the Research Recovery Toolkit.
  • Labs are responsible for managing their team’s testing categories to remain compliant. In MyBUworks, managers can change testing categories from Category 4 to Category 1, 2, or 3 for individuals who will be coming to campus after an extended absence. Students manage their own testing category but they should be prompted to update their category assignment if they will be working on campus.
  • Daily attestations will continue to be required.
  • Masks will continue to be required in both research labs and administrative spaces.

The following are NO LONGER required:

  • Social distancing is no longer required in labs and offices.
  • Research recovery plans are no longer required before returning to campus, though as noted above, up-to-date personnel lists are still required for the time being.

Do I need to continue updating my research recovery plan?

No, but PIs are required to visit the Research Recovery Toolkit to submit a full, up-to-date roster of on-campus research personnel. PIs are also responsible for ensuring their personnel are in the appropriate testing categories (in MyBUworks, managers can change testing categories from Category 4 to Category 1, 2, or 3 for individuals who will be coming to campus after an extended absence).

Do I need to submit an updated personnel list for my research lab?

Yes. Please visit the Research Recovery Toolkit to submit a full, up-to-date roster of on-campus research personnel for the summer if you haven’t already. Please note that PIs are also responsible for ensuring their personnel are in the appropriate testing categories. In MyBUworks, managers can change testing categories from Category 4 to Category 1, 2, or 3 for individuals who will be coming to campus after an extended absence. Students manage their own testing category but they should be prompted to update their category assignment if they will be working on campus.

Are there any changes to research involving human subjects?

PIs carrying out human subjects research can proceed with the plan outlined in their IRB-approved protocol, as long as they maintain the capacity limitations imposed by the University (50% capacity through August 1, as human subjects research is typically conducted in administrative spaces rather than a wet lab environment) and continue the use of masks.


Questions

Anonymous Safety Reporting ObservNow BioRAFT (Kerberos log-in required)
COVID-19 Health Concerns Back2BU / Healthway Resource list
Lab Safety & Cleaning  Environmental Health & Safety OEHS@bu.edu
PPE/Supply Acquisition Sourcing & Procurement CovidPPE@bu.edu
Research with Animals Animal Science Center buasc@bu.edu
Research with Human Subjects Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board irb@bu.edu
Medical Campus Institutional Review Board medirb@bu.edu
Shared Spaces Assigned Building Coordinator Contact list
Other Office of Research research@bu.edu