VPR Announcement - Research Reactivation Updates and Reminders for Spring 2021

Date: February 12, 2021
Attn: All faculty, trainees and staff
Summary: Research Reactivation Updates and Reminders for Spring 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to begin by thanking you all for your attention and adherence to the safety measures put in place last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that the physical distancing, shift work, mask wearing, and the near absence of social interactions have been very challenging and difficult to sustain. However, with your vigilance, we have been able to resume and maintain our academic and research activities while mitigating the risk of viral spread on campus.

With the spring semester upon us, and coursework resuming, we anticipate re-entering Phase 3 of research reactivation starting February 15. I write with several updates and reminders about COVID-19 safety and research on campus during the coming months.

General Health and Safety Guidelines

The rates of COVID-19 infection in the state and in New Haven remain high and new variants are emerging. It remains critical that we all follow Yale’s COVID-19 health guidelines and strict safety precautions in the research environment.  Note also the recent new CDC and Yale guidance on face masks.  Free voluntary asymptomatic testing remains available to all faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students. If you are experiencing potential COVID symptoms, contact the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604) to schedule a symptomatic test.

New: COVID Training

All faculty, trainees, and staff who plan to be on campus are required to complete new and updated COVID safety training. Student training is available on Canvas. Even those faculty and staff, who are not authorized to work on campus but must come to campus for any reason – even briefly, are also required to take this training. Please note, this COVID safety training must be completed by everyone coming to campus, even if you previously completed COVID safety training last spring, summer or fall, as important updates have been included.

New: Daily Health Check Reminder

As you are aware, all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus must complete the Daily Health Check. In a new service to members of the Yale community, you may now elect to receive a Daily Health Check reminder email to provide quick and convenient access to the tool each day before you come to campus.

Undergraduate Research

Phase 3 allows Yale undergraduate students enrolled in residence to participate in research. As was the case in the fall semester, all undergraduate researchers need to be registered by their PI for research on campus in the spring semester. Registrations can be completed under “Phase 3 - Undergrad (Spring 2021)” through EHS Integrator (VPN required). For detailed instructions, see here. Note that all undergraduates, whether resuming their research on campus or new to on campus research, must be newly registered for the spring semester through EHS Integrator (VPN required).

As a reminder, during Phase 3 of research reactivation, overall permissions and restrictions for research remain the same as those in Phase 2, and new applications for research reactivation will continue to be submitted as Phase 1 or Phase 2 applications in EHS Integrator. Graduate students, postdocs, and staff may be added or removed by amending your existing Phase 1 or Phase 2 registration. For detailed instructions, see here.

Visitors

In Phase 3 of research reactivation, semester-long academic visitors to campus are permitted (but not undergraduate visitors from other institutions). Continuing long-term visitor registrations that were previously approved remain active. New registrations for semester-long visitors must be added under “Phase 3 – Academic Visitors” on EHS Integrator (VPN required). For detailed instructions, see here.

Short term visits continue to be limited to only essential visitors and must adhere to Yale’s and Connecticut’s travel restrictions and conform to all Yale COVID-19 safety measures. For more information on visitors, see here.

I would like to thank you once again for your continued adherence to Yale’s safety precautions and for the sacrifices you make every day to protect our community. Research at Yale has remained safe due to your observance of our community COVID-19 safety measures. As vaccines become more widely available, and pandemic conditions ease, I very much look forward to seeing you on campus in the not-too-distant future.

Sincerely,

Michael C. Crair, Ph.D.
William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience
Vice Provost for Research