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Continued Lab Research During Level 1 Status

November 18, 2020

Dear Graduate Students,

Earlier this week, President Paxson shared that the University will be returning to a Level 1 status on November 18, which includes an all-remote mode for classes, while maintaining research activity and library operations at their current level.

In many ways, this change returns the campus to our mode of operation prior to the end of the virtual shopping period on September 22. The decision to return to the safer all-remote mode for classes reduces the footprint of individuals on campus and reduces the number of social interactions that may lead to the spread of COVID-19. Returning to an environment where there are fewer individuals on campus creates a safer environment for students remaining on campus, especially students doing research work in buildings that house both classrooms and labs.

It is also important to note that laboratories, unlike classrooms, are much more highly regulated environments. These spaces are set up to allow for regular safety monitoring and access to supplies that promote healthy hygiene practices.

Additionally, to ensure that all graduate students can continue with their education and training, libraries are currently open and available for use.

Graduate students with concerns about safety in their lab should first contact their Director of Graduate Studies and also, if appropriate, Associate Dean of Student Support Services Maria Suarez in the Graduate School.

Sincerely,

Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Medical Science

Jill Pipher
Vice President for Research
Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics