COVID-19 Update - Guidance Note for Research Continuity, Scale Back, and Shut Down

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The below is an excerpt from an email sent by Prof. Rebecca Hallett, OAC Associate Dean - Research and Graduate Studies to all OAC faculty and researchers on March 20, 2020. 

We hope that you are all keeping well during these rapidly changing times. In order to provide you with direction related to your research activities, the Office of Research has recently released a Guidance Note for COVID-19-Related Research Continuity, Scale Back, and Shut Down. This Note is consistent with public health policy, and follows consultation with colleges.

Please note, that the University now urges the significant scale back of research activities, with the aim of protecting and ensuring the health and safety of all UofG researchers (students, staff and faculty) and our research partners in the broader community. The expectation will be that ongoing research activities on campus are shut down or significantly scaled back immediately and that any ongoing activities reinforce social distancing and do not rely on the physical support of office staff. 

Any aspects of research that can be done remotely can and should continue. Top of mind in all decision-making about your research activities is the need for social distancing.

Please read the Guidance Note  fully to make sure that you know which requirements apply to your research activities. Further information and recommendations for managing changes to your research program at this time are provided on the Office of Research COVID-19 Webpage. The Office of Research remains operational and available to support you during this time of transition.

For scaled-back, ongoing research activities in all OAC departments/schools, you will be required, at a minimum, to provide your Chair/Director with the names of all personnel (students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, faculty, etc) that will be using university facilities, the buildings and rooms they will be using, and when they are expected to be in. Your Chair/Director may request additional information from you.

No new research that requires access to University of Guelph-operated facilities should be initiated. Researchers seeking exemption for critical or time-sensitive research should use the Request Form for Critical and Time Sensitive Research.

Questions and concerns should be directed to:

Rebecca Hallett
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Rhonda Alger
Manager, Research Programs


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