Can graduate student research continue after Spring Break?
Forthcoming guidance will delineate a tiered approach to reducing clinical research activities. Only critical research of substantive benefit to study participants will continue. We understand that this will be disruptive to scholarly activities, and we will work to support your efforts. We encourage you to take this time to focus on the activities that can be completed remotely, such as writing papers and grant proposals, and completing data analysis. We will ensure remote access wherever possible, and we suggest backing up your data to OneDrive.
Please continue charging to grants as normal. You will find more about federal guidance on the Hub information page. Our research administration offices are prepared for fully remote support. We have also been working with research sponsors as part of our business continuity activities to ensure that we continue to operate in a compliant and appropriate manner.
Can students continue to conduct research off campus in locations that are open for business, say a community center or an external lab?
Yes, but all local restrictions and advisories must be followed (see exception below for Human Subject Research). If at any point, you are concerned for your safety or health, you should stop the research and return.
Human Subject Research cannot continue via face-to-face interaction. Online visits or data collection that does not require participant interaction may continue. For more information please visit the Hub.
Some of our graduate students and faculty are conducting fieldwork out of town. What should they do?
People conducting field work out of town should follow the guidelines of whatever town they are in. If they feel uncomfortable, they should return to the U.S. if possible.
What about undergraduate students conducting independent research?
Undergraduate students are not allowed to engage in any in-person research activity, whether for credit, for pay, or in a volunteer manner. Independent work in the field must be converted to an online experience in all divisions. It’s important to maintain equity among students’ academic experiences. Undergraduate students who are taking courses in other university divisions need to comply with the restrictions and mandates of that division. If a KSAS undergraduate student is taking a course in another division that is unable to offer an online version, contact the KSAS vice dean for undergraduate study at email@example.com.