Research Given Approval for Phased Restart

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We have received approval from the OC Health Care Agency to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in restarting research activities, due to the 20-member Task Force on Restarting Research that worked hard to prepare detailed guidance that complies with the State of California and OC Health Care Agency requirements. In addition, the plan aligns with the health and safety measures outlined in the CU Safely Back plan including Physical Distancing, Surveillance, Public Health Interventions, Face Coverings and Sanitation.

Phase 2 activities includes other non-essential research activities requiring Chapman facilities or having significant time sensitive components and having low risk for virus transmission. This includes:

  • Research in the areas covered by State of California Essential Workforce Sectors.
  • Laboratory-based research with low density of populations in facilities
  • Research engaging students who are close to completing degrees where these activities are part of a degree requirement in the areas noted above by the State and are not part of laboratory classes
  • Expansion of human subjects research where risk can be mitigated to minimal level and no direct benefit
  • Field data requiring collection during a given season (i.e. summer). Approval will depend on restrictions in locality and travel restrictions
  • Animal experiments that can be performed by a single researcher in relative isolation
  • Activities that are still able to meet all sponsor requirements
  • Limited use of offices and of campus Libraries using social distancing protocols for scholarship which can not be completed remotely

The transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 will take place on June 22nd. Vice President of Research Tom Piechota will be sending out detailed guidance and requirements for faculty, staff and students. In addition, this information will be posted on the Research Continuity website. A Town Hall for Restarting Research and Creative Activities will take place on Thursday, June 18, 10AM.