GSBS Communications Update – March 19, 2020

Published: March 21, 2020
Categories: Graduate School of Biomedical ScienceResearch

In considering the potential impact of research activity on the health and safety of UNTHSC colleagues (staff, students, and faculty), the following guidelines are in effect until further notice.

Laboratory research

  • GSBS faculty with active laboratory-based research programs should implement their Continuity Plans beginning on Friday, March 20.
  • Research faculty should initiate a staged ramp-down of all laboratory research activities over the next week with the expectation that operations will remain in a reduced state for the next six to eight weeks.
  • All graduate students should be assigned remote work duties.
  • During the ramp-down process, any procedures and processes that require ongoing critical personnel attention (e.g., critical experiments that cannot be delayed, logging of critical laboratory equipment, ongoing critical animal studies, etc.) will need to be performed with a limited staff of one individual per laboratory (or at most two with adequate social distancing).
  • Laboratory supervisors are responsible for maintaining continued day-to-day communications and directing the operations of remote team members.
  • Research faculty and staff who are working remotely and are engaged in sponsored program activities must maintain a daily log of their activities towards the research projects that cover your FTE and be able to produce that log to document time and effort on the award.
  • Department Chairs will develop a plan for ongoing monitoring of critical laboratory equipment, such as freezers in research labs.