COVID-19: Research Ramp Up, Phase 1
Dear Members of the Tufts University Research Community,
We are pleased to announce that we will initiate Phase 1 of research ramp up on Monday, June 8th. Please note, not all Schools and Centers have been approved to initiate research ramp up by the Integrative Safety Committee. Please refer to specific guidance from your School and Center about when your School or Center can initiate Phase 1. As a reminder, Phase 1 is limited to minimal on-campus operations. Please see our prior communication for guidance on what this entails. These restrictions are in place to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 and keep the community safe.
Faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students working, approved to complete on-campus research activities in Phase 1 will need to complete the following University requirements before coming to campus for the first time:
- Read the Return to Campus Guide released earlier this week
- Take the Return to Tufts Campuses Course which includes an acknowledgement form that you have read the Return to Campus Guide
Essential employees who have continued on-campus research activities during research ramp down must also now complete the above-mentioned items.
Additionally, prior to arriving on campus each workday, faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students, will need to complete a Daily Health Screening Survey to attest that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently come into contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Upon completing the survey, individuals will immediately receive an email confirming whether they can come to campus. Those approved to come to campus may be required to show the email to a school administrator, supervisor or building security guard upon arrival. The survey can be accessed via:
- the Tufts mobile app
- the Healthy @ Tufts portal (Daily Healthy Status Survey)
Research-specific policies and procedures related to research ramp up can be found on the OVPR website. Please be mindful that there may be additional guidance that is specific to your School or Center.
As a reminder, we will not have a Research Town Hall today in light of the University-wide Town Hall.
Thank you for your continued patience. We are excited to be resuming on-campus research activities.