As of today, June 29, 2020, the Research Phase-In Framework is to be used by colleges, academic units and researchers to develop and approve the plans necessary to start increasing research activities beyond what is currently approved.
Research phase-in will require completion and approval of a Research Management Plan. The Research Management Plan includes assessment of research spaces and common spaces used by faculty, students, and research staff, which will be supported by local joint health and safety committee members.
Researchers, including graduate students, should only conduct research once their academic unit or college has notified the Office of Research of their approved Research Management Plan and the notification has been confirmed.
Graduate students whose research was curtailed since the declaration of the pandemic state of emergency should work with their advisors to determine if and when they may resume their research activities. Consistent with the provincial government's recently announced pilot plan to support students in fulfilling final degree requirements, extra efforts will be made to accommodate graduate students with research facility needs.
The process of preparing University-operated facilities for a safe reopening is a significant undertaking. We appreciate your patience as the Physical Resources team supports the preparation of research-intensive spaces for greater occupancy.
For more information, please consult the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page.