Division of Research and Innovation Coronavirus Updates & Information

Last updated 9/16/21

9/17 Research Town Hall at 1 p.m. ZOOM LINK: https://SDSU.zoom.us/j/82277576307

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 updated health guidelines. Please check back regularly for updates.

Visit SDSU’s coronavirus website, which is the central repository for information and updates related to SDSU’s preparedness, guidance and decisions related to COVID-19. 


Ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • Given the uptick in COVID-19 Delta variant cases, facial coverings are required when in public-facing indoor settings and when in non-public-facing indoor settings, to include research spaces, when visitors, subjects or students are present. For more details, read SDSU's facial coverings policy in full. 

  • California State University (CSU) system will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, and staff, including auxiliary employees in order to access campus this fall. For more information on how to verify your vaccination status or to learn about exemptions, read the full email from campus leadership

  • Those returning to campus before August 20 are required to submit a vaccine attestation form

  • 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
  • All personnel should screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending work each day.
  • 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 students must provide proof of vaccination or be tested for COVID-19 every 7 days. Research Leaders should check for university clearance on Webportal prior to each work shift. 
  • Information specific to researchers and students is provided below. Please post COVID-19 related research questions to [email protected].


Approval for restarting research:

OnBase Form: A one-stop process for research repopulation requests

Simple Instructions for using OnBase

Re-populating Faculty and Graduate Students: Framework for Restarting Research

Updated Research Phase Criteria (SDSU is in ORANGE phase)


4/15 Repopulation Notice


Resources for restarting research:

INSTRUCTIONS: How to Check Testing Status

Scheduling Template

COVID-19 Return to Work Training and Agreement for Research and Scholarly Activities

COVID-19 Screening Form

SDSU COVID-19 Case Alert Protocol

Access to Safety Supplies

COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines for Laboratories



5.25.21 PI COVID Bulletin

5.18.21 PI COVID Bulletin

5.4.21 PI COVID Bulletin

4.27.21 PI COVID Bulletin

5.7.21 Research Town Hall

5.7.21 Research Town Hall Powerpoint

4.20.21 PI COVID Bulletin

4.12.21 PI COVID Bulletin

4.5.21 PI COVID Bulletin

3.23.21 PI COVID Bulletin

3.16.21 PI COVID Bulletin

3.12.21 Research Town Hall

3.12.21 Research Town Hall Powerpoint

3.9.21 PI COVID Bulletin

3.2.21 PI COVID Bulletin

2.23.21 PI COVID Bulletin

2.16.21 PI COVID Bulletin

2.9.21 PI COVID Bulletin

2.2.21 PI COVID Bulletin

1.29.21 Research Town Hall

1.25.21 PI COVID Bulletin

12.15.20 PI COVID Bulletin

12.4.20 Research Safety

10.9.20 Research Town Hall

9.8.20 Safely Reopulating Labs Communication

6.9.20 Email from Provost about Restarting Phase 2 Research

6.18.20 Faculty Research Repopulation Planning Webinar Recording #2

5.21.20 Faculty Research Repopulation Planning Webinar Recording #1

6.04.20 Research Restart Letter

4.06.20 Building Access Guidelines for Non-Critical Personnel during COVID-19 Pandemic

3.20.20 Information Needed and Additional Guidance

3.18.20 Critical Research Guidance for SDSU Researchers

3.17.20 Additional Guidance for Researchers in Response to COVID-19

3.14.2020 email to Principal Investigators: Research Continuity Plans

Also see: SDSU Research Foundation Coronavirus Updates