Research Ramp-up Continues
We are currently in the second stage of the Research Ramp-up. During the second stage, work that can be done effectively remotely must continue to be done remotely to maintain density limitations on campus.
- Maximum of 50% occupancy at any particular time, subject to an approved ramp-up plan
- Columbia undergraduates may participate in on-campus laboratory research, provided they comply with all required return-to-campus protocols
- Human subjects research may resume on all campuses, subject to applicable guidelines and requirements
- For those who can do their work remotely, there is no change. You should continue to do it remotely. That was true for the first stage under our Research Ramp-Up Framework, and it remains true under the second stage.
- For those who cannot do their work remotely but are not yet covered by an applicable planned next phase of ramp-up plan, there is no change for the time being. Your school, institute or principal investigator will bring you within the scope of a ramp-up plan as soon as feasible.
- For those whose work can only be accomplished on campus and who are covered by an applicable research ramp-up plan, you will be expected to be on campus to the extent needed to carry out your work responsibilities. We understand the world is different than it was pre-COVID-19. You should spend as little time on campus as needed to get your work done. For example, if coming in one day a week would make it possible for you to do the rest of your week’s work remotely, that is what you should do, in accordance with the plan for your research team.
- Individual faculty/staff will be permitted to use their offices for research and other activities, subject to an approved ramp-up plan and procedures established by your school, institute or department.
- For those returning from locations with increased rates of COVID-19 transmission, you must quarantine for 14 days before returning, unless you are essential personnel, in accordance with New York State interim guidance.
The Research Ramp-up Framework communicates principles and considerations to assist schools and researchers as they plan to restart research and provides an overview of the phases in the process. The initial phase of return allows up to a maximum of one third of normal occupancy at any point in time, and advises using that capacity as efficiently as feasible by staggering work hours, working in shifts, and the like. Of course, all the parameters specified in the framework are subject to revision in response to public health requirements.
Special Requirements for Researchers
Each PI has been required to develop a ramp-up plan that meets public health requirements and is approved by the relevant department and/or school.
Planning Tools and Guidance
Where to Go With a Concern
To discuss a concern, if possible, first contact your supervisor, department or the office of the dean of your school or institute.
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As we begin the Spring Term, this announcement from Dr. Melanie J. Bernitz provides some important reminders and updates as we navigate the continuing pandemic together.
Everyone must continue to abide by all City, State, and University health and safety guidelines as Columbia navigates a precarious period in the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the number of COVID-19 cases in New York increasing, this is a reminder to all current faculty, staff, and students who have been on campus, as well as those newly arriving, regarding 2021 requirements.