March 17, 2020
We do not yet know the full extent or impact that COVID-19 will have on NDSU research activities, but even a relatively short disengagement will have effects on research flow and productivity. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Creative Activity are working together to ensure that questions are answered and that guidance is provided as soon and as frequently as appropriate.
Decisions related to the promotion, tenure, and evaluation for faculty and questions about graduate student progress will require thoughtful consideration and will be made in the best interest of our NDSU research community. The Office of the Provost in conjunction with the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (as appropriate) will manage all questions related to these areas.
Researchers may have concerns unique to their situation. The Office of Research and Creative Activity will continue to manage questions and resources related to research, but here is guidance take into consideration in the upcoming weeks:
- Human subject research will be impacted for face-to-face work as human subjects practice social distancing. Refer to information from the IRB committee for more information.
- While animal research may continue at the discretion of the primary investigator, it may be impacted by reduced availability of student workers and staff or need to be reconfigured. Refer to information sent from the IACUC last week for more information.
- Laboratory research may continue at the discretion of the primary investigator, but may be impacted by the reduced availability of research personnel. It is important to reinforce that anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of illness should not be on campus.
- Graduate students, postdocs, student research assistants, and other research personnel are allowed to work on campus at the discretion of the primary investigator. Messages about good environmental hygiene should be reinforced with all personnel who work on campus.
- Supply chain disruptions may impact the ability to get critical reagents, PPE, and other resources. Your planning now may help you offset future issues with this. If you anticipate shortages, now is the time to find sources for materials. This may include other labs on campus.
- The Office of Research and Creative Activity will continue to manage all IRB, IACUC, other compliance, Sponsored Programs Administration, and Industry Engagement issues. Continue to work with the staff in those areas. Electronic forms will be accepted. Watch for additional information from Sponsored Programs Administration.
While these precautions will affect many aspects of our lives, it will not change NDSU’s commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our people. Our aim will be resilience through flexibility. Your dedication is appreciated, as is your patience.
Jane Schuh, Ph.D.
|Margaret A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.|