October 16, 2020
Attn: All faculty, trainees and staff
Summary: Reminder About Yale’s COVID-19 Safety Measures in the Research Community
With the fall season upon us, we are seeing a marked uptick in COVID-19 cases in Connecticut and across the nation. To date, Yale has been successful in limiting spread of the virus within our research community, and this is a result of the practical steps you are taking to help prevent virus transmission. I want to thank all of you for remaining vigilant, adhering to your safety plans, and observing Yale’s strict safety precautions during Phase 3 of research reactivation.
Note that Yale has not relaxed the required safety measures in any of our research spaces, and some of the University’s Phase 3 safety measures are stricter than State mandates. You can anticipate that Yale’s current pandemic-related health and safety restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and may extend well into the next calendar year.
As a reminder, Yale permissions and restrictions in our research community include:
- Adherence to Yale’s Phase 3 research reactivation safety measures, including physical distancing, use of PPE, symptom monitoring, dedensification and Daily Health Checks.
- Laboratory, field work and in-person human subjects research can be conducted only with approved safety plans via EHS Integrator (accessible only through VPN).
- Undergraduates and long-term visitors may be added to Phase 3 research reactivation safety plans through EHS Integrator using the Phase 3 – Undergrad and Academic Visitors registration procedure. Undergraduates whose work involves off campus research or field work should consult the Off-campus Research and Fieldwork webpage to determine if, how, and where their application to resume research should be submitted.
- Research by undergraduate students enrolled in residence must be consistent with laboratory safety plans and individual school policies, including COVID-19 screening. (See also Yale College Policy.)
- University-sponsored gatherings must follow Yale University guidelines and take place virtually, unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise. Any required gatherings must conform to COVID-19 Occupancy Limits.
- Domestic and international travel for research is permitted only with approval of the Off-Campus Field Work and Research Committee and must conform to Yale, state and CDC travel guidelines.
- Short-term visitors to campus are prohibited. Semester-long academic visitors to campus are permitted, but all campus visitors, including vendors, site inspectors and safety monitors must conform to Yale COVID-19 health and safety measures for visitors and vendors.
- Faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, vendors or visitors visiting or returning to New Haven from out of the state or country must conform to Yale’s travel guidelines, which may include quarantine and/or virus screening.
For additional guidelines and information about Yale’s research reactivation plans, please visit the Phase2 and 3 Research Reactivation website.
The standards we have set are helping prevent virus transmission in our research community, and I am continuously aware of the exceptional efforts you are making to keep this going. I thank you for continuing to maintain our safety practices and appreciate all you are doing to support Yale’s mission.
Michael C. Crair, Ph.D.
William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience
Vice Provost for Research
Whom to Contact with Questions:
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