I write to report that the University has adopted the attached Framework for Restarting Research, created by the Laboratory Research Working Group that is part of the planning effort President Bollinger asked me to organize. Meeting frequently, our working groups on public health, education, facilities and campus life, and laboratory research have begun to provide guidance on how best to carefully restore density to on-site activities.
At the recommendation of the lab research team, we are starting active planning to expeditiously resume as many research operations as possible. So doing, safety and health considerations will take precedence. As many activities will need to be modified to ensure physical distancing and meet other public health requirements, we cannot simply return to ante-virus procedures and practices. Indeed, for now, all research that can be performed remotely should continue on that basis.