From: The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

In accordance with Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia plan and the university’s efforts to transition from Essential Operations – as defined under Presidential Policy Memorandum 309 – to a modified operations mode by Aug. 3, research is also moving to Phase Two with modified operations beginning on June 15.

Research will transition out of essential operations into modified operations carefully, by further easing research restrictions as research continues to ramp up over the summer.

While the changes in restrictions associated with the governor’s Phase Two guidance do not directly affect research operations, the underlying conditions that allowed Virginia to move to Phase Two allow research to resume additional research activities with appropriate PPE and with continued strict adherence to safety/hygiene and physical distancing requirements. 

In Phase Two, the speed of reopening labs will vary, and many operations will not be at full functionality.

Allowable research activities continue to require the approval of deans, vice presidents, or institute directors or their designee(s).

The success in ramping up research depends on each researcher following the safety requirements outlined below and respecting the safety of others. In order to reduce risks, there must be a strong partnership between researchers and university administration.  

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