The university continues to manage the resumption of on-campus labs in phases, based on access priorities and estimated timelines presented below:
1. Critical research – May 26 (completed)
• Research where a delay would have significant financial impacts.
• Research where a delay would catastrophically disrupt the project or protocol.
2. Time-sensitive existing research – June 8 (completed)
• Research where further pause or deferral would lead to significant delay or loss of research results.
• Research where further deferral would lead to inability of students to graduate.
3. Critical new on-campus research – June 22 (ongoing)
• New research where a delay would have critical impact on the commitments to sponsors, on the faculty’s research program, and on the ability of students to graduate.
4. Expansion of on-campus research – August (estimated)
• All research that must be done in-person is permitted on campus.
Research and lab activities that can be conducted remotely at this time should continue to be conducted remotely. Research meetings must continue to be held virtually.
Because the resumption of on-campus research will require careful orchestration of people, all principal investigators (PIs) and center directors are being asked to develop detailed written plans for their labs. Please see information below regarding Resumption of Research Activities.
Human subjects research that requires in-person interaction is not allowed at this time, but will be permitted in future phases. We will continue to communicate as decisions and plans are made later this summer. Meanwhile, PIs are encouraged to find alternate ways to continue this research. Plans for restarting in-person interaction in human subjects research in the future should be discussed with the Vice Provost for Research.
In addition, visitor access to core facilities at WPI is limited at this time. Should you need request access for a visitor at WPI, please discuss this with the Vice Provost for Research.