Weekly Update on Research Reconstitution Activities

May 29, 2020

Dear Research Community Colleagues,  

Our efforts to safely increase research activities on campus continued this week. Overall, these activities have gone very well, and we are coordinating this work with campus-wide “Return to Campus” efforts. As we continue to expand our research activities, the ongoing engagement of the research community and observance of social distancing guidance will be paramount.  

A full back to campus onboarding for all lab-based personnel is planned by the end of June.  

As we continue to add additional researchers to campus, please be reminded: Do not return to campus until specifically invited and approved by central research administration.
All faculty and staff who are invited to return to work must take the SkillSoft “CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus - CU Denver | Anschutz” training, available through the My.CU portal, prior to entry to any CU Anschutz facilities. 

We will be in phase 2 of the Campus COVID-19 Research Reconstitution plan and continue to accomplish those objectives the week of June 1.
Building Entry: Those invited and approved to return to campus can check in at any of the building entry locations for screening. The most convenient location for access to the research towers is the west side of Hensel Phelps. A wristband will be given to wear for the day after completing the entry point. 

An online health questionnaire must be completed whenever you are on campus and in a CU Anschutz facility. An updated version of the daily health questionnaire is now live. This new version employs single sign-on (SSO) security with auto-fill of an employee’s administrative information.

Community-based research: A working group on this topic has been charged with developing community-based research guidance. More information will be available soon. All face-to-face engagement of community-based research is on hold until the guidance is available and a process for approval is accessible. If you have any questions in the interim, contact Alison Lakin.

COVID Officials/COVID Plans: Research activity in the basic science spaces continue to expand. In the near term, onboarding of lab-oriented personnel will exceed 50% of baseline levels and plans for shift work are being developed by each unit’s COVID officials. It will be critical that all physical distancing guidelines are followed and that occupancy of individual units cannot exceed 50% of the baseline census at any given time.

Clinical Research Committee: 
  • Mark your calendars: Clinical Research Ramp Up Town Hall on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 11:30am - 1pm, more information to follow.
  • CU Anschutz clinical research space: Plans for activation of CU Anschutz space are currently under review in accordance with the clinical research reconstitution plan. If you manage CU Anschutz owned or managed space which will conduct any clinical research activity contact Alison Lakin to identify a COVID official.
  • CU Anschutz ramp up of clinical research: Step-by-step directions can be found here.
  • UCHealth only (no use or access needed to any CU Anschutz facilities), follow: UCHealth Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects During COVID-19 Outbreak, Update: May 21, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact or Laurie Blumberg Romero.
  • For CHCO only (no use or access needed to any CU Anschutz facilities): Requests can be submitted via: AMC Research Reactivation Survey. A webpage has been created so study teams can find guidance for prioritization, safety considerations, instructions for submission, top things to consider before returning to the hospital, etc. 
  • OLAR: All researchers are reminded that they must complete the OLAR Research Restart Form to begin new experiments in the vivarium. As individuals are added to your laboratory plan after approval by the COVID official, please make sure to submit the OLAR Addition of Personnel Form to add them to your OLAR plan. More detail can be found in the OLAR specific communication.

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