Research Continuity Update: January 2022

As a research-intensive university geared to conducting world-class research, University of Guelph places a premium on sustaining our research and innovation enterprise.  We also place a premium on, keeping our research community safe. In keeping with these values, the Omicron variant is requiring us to revisit our guidelines for conducting research during COVID-19.  We will communicate any changes as quickly as we can through Research Alerts, the Research during COVID-19 website and associated documents, and through Associate Deans Research and Graduate Studies. 

At this time, it is important we follow the following guidelines:

  • New: Non-Office research space density has changed back to less than 1 person per 9.2 m2, with no more than 1 person per 3 metres of laboratory bench, hood, glove box, biosafety cabinet, etc., at any time.
  • Research that can safely and effectively be conducted remotely without the physical use of University of Guelph operated facilities (including offices and field sites) should be conducted remotely.
  • University of Guelph research activities require an approved Research Management Plan (RMP).

We are reviewing human participant face-to-face research, guidelines. Watch for updates during the week of January 10, 2022

Please continue to refer to the Research Continuity Framework*.
*Previously referred to as the Research Phase-In Framework

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies:

College of Arts: Andrew Bailey -
College of Biological Science: Todd Gillis -
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences: Leonid Brown -
Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics: Sean Lyons -
Ontario Agricultural College: Rebecca Hallett -
Ontario Veterinary College: Shayan Sharif -
College of Social & Applied Human Sciences: Francesco Leri  -

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