Division of Research and Innovation Coronavirus Updates & Information
Last updated 3/16/21
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DRI is working closely with SDSU Student Health Services, the SDSU Research Foundation, Environmental Health and Safety and other university units to monitor and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and provide appropriate guidance as related to research endeavors.
Visit SDSU’s central coronavirus website, which is the central repository for information and updates related to SDSU’s preparedness, guidance and decisions related to COVID-19.
- All in-person research, scholarship, community service, and creative activities that is done in-person at SDSU, SDSURF, or field sites must be evaluated and the projects approved prior to initiating any of these activities.
- All personnel, including faculty, staff, and students, must be approved prior to initiating in-person activities.
- Information specific to researchers and students is provided below. Please post COVID-19 related research questions to [email protected].
Ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions:
All activities that can be done at home should continue to be done at home (including planning experiments, evaluating data, reading, and meetings with other researchers).
All projects must be approved and all personnel working on an approved project must be approved prior to beginning in-person activities.
All personnel must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending work each day.
All students must be tested for COVID-19 every 14 days. Research Leaders must check for university clearance on Webportal prior to each work shift. Although not required for employees who are not students, we encourage all personnel to be tested every other week at a free, County testing Center.
Any positive COVID-19 incidents must be reported to the university using the Case Reporting Form . If the individual is an SDSU Research Foundation employee, they must also inform their HR business partner and report using the SDSURF Case Reporting Form. Infected individuals must immediately stop participating in research and remain home.
* The SDSU Research Continuity plan is continuously reevaluated and modified based upon the public health status of both the SDSU and regional communities; availability of COVID-19 vaccines for university faculty, staff, and students; and guidance from San Diego County Health & Human Services.
Given the recent improvements in our region, required COVID-19 testing of students, and the increasing availability of vaccines for vulnerable individuals, DRI has modified protocols for in-person research, scholarship, community service and creative activities at all SDSU, SDSURF, and Field Research sites beginning on March 15, 2021.*
In-person research is re-opened for all approved undergraduates, including lower division students.
In-person research is re-opened for approved volunteers.
Addition of student and staff to an approved project is allowed as long as the net number of researchers in the approved space does not exceed one person per 250 sf in shared rooms.
All additions or deletions of personnel involved in an approved research project must be submitted using the OnBase Addition/Removal form.
Face to face human subjects research may be allowed if evidence is presented that it can be done safely. In addition to IRB approval, an SOP must be submitted to [email protected] describing how the project will be adapted to limit exposure of human subjects and research personnel, and implementation of required safety practices including wearing face masks, physical distancing except for very brief interactions with the human subjects if required, disinfection, and hand hygiene. In addition, in some cases COVID-19 testing may be required to ensure safety of human subjects and personnel.
- For the protection of others, the standard safety criteria are also required for fully-vaccinated individuals. This includes physical distancing and wearing a face-mask at all times while on campus.
Approval for restarting research:
Resources for restarting research:
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