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What you need to know now:

  • Complete the Health Exception Request Form for approval to return to your research, in a lab or in the field, if in your work.
    • 6 feet physical distancing is not possible
    • The gathering has more attendees than allowed per university operational level
    • It is not possible to wear face-coverings
    • Gatherings where food may be distributed
  • Travel to field sites will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with your supervisor. Follow the travel guidance on the University Travel page
    • Use precautions with any mode of transportation. Consider driving a car by yourself, or if you must share a car, using masks and maintaining good airflow in the car as well as being sure your travel companion has acceptable risk for COVID-19.  
    • Follow all handwashing and sanitizing protocols before and after using a university motor pool, rental vehicle, or personal vehicle. Travel one person per vehicle unless exceptional circumstance dictates otherwise. Wear face coverings whenever two (2) individuals are in a vehicle.
  • Higher risk employees who are part of vulnerable populations should be supported through alternative work arrangements. See the “Employees at Higher Risk and Vulnerable Populations” section above for guidance, and work with HR and Disability Services to determine appropriate accommodations as necessary.
  • Within the research lab space, ensure these general campus guidelines related to physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, cleaning/disinfection, etc. are implemented. If you share lab space with another research team, please work collaboratively to develop procedures for staff rotation to ensure physical distancing, cleaning/disinfection protocols for shared equipment, etc.
  • A cloth or disposable non-medical face covering does not replace any other recommended/required PPE for specific job duties or work spaces such as goggles, face shields, or respirators, and it should not interfere with the fit or function of other required PPE. For consultation on the use of face coverings with other PPE, contact EHS.
  • Limit personnel in research labs to only those actively involved in the research projects. No visitors, please.
  • Include additional practices in SOPs appropriate for specific types of research, such as travel to field sites.
  • When planning workshops or events, you must follow guidance in ISU Roaring Back. This includes organizers and attendees physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Check with Scheduling before planning events to be held in the SUB or Rendezvous. Larger rooms in these buildings will be used for classes this academic year and academic classes take precedence when space is allocated.


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