What research can continue?
On-site lab research can resume as soon as Monday, June 15, in labs with approved reopening plans. PIs are required to get approval for individual reopening plans and will provide specific instructions to the faculty, staff, and graduate students in their labs about when and how to resume work in ways that observe social distancing, required face covering, enhanced cleaning, and other measures. More information can be found on the Hub.
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.
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.