COVID-19 Research Operations
Announcing the Resumption of On-Campus Research
Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti has announced that on-campus laboratory research may begin phased resumption effective June 17, 2020. The University has officially moved from Level 3 (Essential Research) to Level 2 (Phased Resumption of Research).
Please note that the phased resumption pertains to experimental, laboratory work in science and engineering. All work that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely.
At this time, labs can reopen if:
- Faculty or lab directors have received approval for their Research Lab Operations Plans
- Departments have received approval for their Academic Research Infrastructure Plans
- Each member of the lab does the following:
- completes a mandatory online safety training program
- performs a self-evaluation and reports symptoms each day prior to coming to campus
- completes a risk-assessment questionnaire to determine eligibility to resume on-campus research
- complies with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)-prescribed campus hygiene and safety practices
- Faculty communicate proactively with their group, maintain up-to-date plans and personnel records, enforce the requirement that people work remotely for non-laboratory activities, and seek guidance and approval from EHS in advance for activities that cannot be accomplished within the EHS-prescribed campus hygiene and safety practices
Please see Dean Debenedetti’s email to faculty for complete information.
Plan for the Phased Resumption of Research
- Section 1: Guiding principles
- Section 2: Operating principles
- Section 3: Levels of on-campus research
- Section 4: Safe working conditions and no coercion
- Section 5: Guidelines for safe research during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Section 6: Building guidance
- Section 7: Dependencies
- Appendix 1: Lab Configurations and Lab Occupancy Signage (EHS website)
- Appendix 2: Guidance for Resuming Human Subjects Research
- Appendix 3: Phased Resumption of Services at Princeton University Library (PUL website)
Download the plan (PDF)
Department and lab operations plans
Under the Phased Resumption plan, each department and Principal Investigator/facility director must submit plans detailing how the department and lab/facility will implement the appropriate public health and hygiene measures for each level of research operations.
- Departments must submit an Academic Research Infrastructure Plan.
- Principal Investigators/facility directors must submit a Research Lab Operations Plan.
Plans must be approved by the Office of the Dean for Research before on-campus research may resume.
- Guidance and procedures
Guidance for safe research during COVID-19 pandemic: View guidelines on social distancing, face coverings, lab coats, decontamination and disinfection, hazardous waste, training, shared facilities and equipment, general work rules, requests for accommodations, and related resources in Section 5 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety)
Building guidance for safe usage of building for research during COVID-19 pandemic: View practices for exterior doors, restrooms, elevators, hallways and stairwells, atrium/common spaces, conference rooms, hoteling/open work stations, break rooms, coffee makers/water coolers/refrigerators, meetings, vehicles, TigerTransit and public transportation, parking, time clocks, meals, mail and packages, and quiet rooms in Section 6 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety).
Guidance for resuming human subjects research: View guidance regarding all human subjects research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, including research conducted off campus.
Guidance for staff who must be on campus: View procedures for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC and Princeton's Environmental Health & Safety.
Princeton University Library's phased resumption of research services: PUL is phasing in library services for Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.
Information for university contractors and vendors: Find out how to comply with New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines and the most recent version of Governor Murphy’s executive orders.
Purchasing supplies needed to support the resumption of on-campus research (PDF): Find information from Procurement on how to obtain supplies, given current produce availability and lead times.
Find ways to help through the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group: For non-research volunteer projects focused on production, manufacturing, and donation, visit this program run by the Office of the Provost and Environmental Health and Safety.
Find more answers to your questions on our COVID-19 FAQs.
- Health and safety
View guidelines on social distancing, face coverings, lab coats, decontamination and disinfection, hazardous waste, training, shared facilities and equipment, general work rules, requests for accommodations, and related resources in Section 5 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety)
View practices for exterior doors, restrooms, elevators, hallways and stairwells, atrium/common spaces, conference rooms, hoteling/open work stations, break rooms, coffee makers/water coolers/refrigerators, meetings, vehicles, TigerTransit and public transportation, parking, time clocks, meals, mail and packages, and quiet rooms in Section 6 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety).
Visit this site to find out how to order disposable surgical masks, cloth face coverings, disposable surgical gowns, hand sanitizer bottles, disinfectant wipes, and N95 and other purifying respirators. Faculty do not need to purchase these items from their own research funds. Faculty are advised not to hoard supplies, and consider instead slowly restoring reserves over several months.
Find out when, where and how to wear a mask both on and off campus.
Surgical masks, homemade masks and respirators have become a symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is the right choice to use? How do they protect us?
Find complete information about plans for campus reopening for the Fall Term, with links to information for undergraduates and their families, graduate students, postdoctoral and staff researchers, staff and faculty.
- Forms and checklists
- Academic Research Infrastructure Plan for departments
- Research Lab Operations Plan for Principal Investigators/facility directors
- Checklist for ramping up your laboratory
- Checklist for shutting down your laboratory
- Checklist for shutting down your Biosafety cabinet
- Inquiry form: Use this form to submit an inquiry or information related to a revision to your Research Lab Operations Plan
- Update to research personnel form: Department managers or building access coordinators may use this form to submit names of research personnel to be added or deleted from the building access list.
For questions about research continuity or operations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Memos from the Dean for Research
Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti's memos regarding research during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- June 17, 2020: Announcing the phased resumption of on-campus research
- April 25, 2020: Planning for the eventual phased resumption of on-campus research
- March 21, 2020: Halting of on-campus research activities
- March 16, 2020: PI responsibilities for continuity of research and submission of Research Essential Operations Plan
- March 9, 2020: COVID-19 planning for research continuity