Weekly Update on Research Reconstitution Activities

June 5, 2020

Dear Research Community Colleagues,

Many have commented on the clear increase in research activity on campus over the last week. The majority of lab-based personnel have now been approved for return to campus and additional progress in ramping up clinical and community-based research is being made. With your help, we have been able to do this in an organized and safe manner. We continue advance this work, coordinating with campus-wide “Return to Campus” efforts. 

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.
We will be in phase 2 of the Campus COVID-19 Research Reconstitution plan and continue to accomplish those objectives the week of June 8.
Building Entry: Those invited and approved to return to campus can check in at any of the four 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 requirements. Specific hours for the entry points is listed on the daily health questionnaire.

Community-based research: A working group on this topic has been charged with developing community-based research guidance and this work is ongoing. 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 continues to expand. In the near term, onboarding of lab-based 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 as the ramp up continues.

Clinical Research Committee: 

Mark your calendars: Clinical Research Ramp Up Town Hall on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 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
  • CU Anschutz ramp up of clinical research: Step-by-step directions can be found here.
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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