COVID-19 Practical Guidelines

COVID-19 Practical Guidelines

Pandemic Management Guide for On-Campus Research and Experiential Learning Activities

Updated June 22, 2021 for Summer 2021 On-Campus Experiential Learning Activities:

It is the Principal Investigator’s (PIs) or Laboratory Director's responsibility to disseminate instructions to their students doing lab work. All PIs must have plans on file for social distancing in their labs. All researchers must comply with university policies​ including social distancing, wearing masks, cooperating with contact tracing, screenings, and training. For additional information about research ramp-down plans (if needed), click here. For General Lab Safety guidelines and best practices during COVID-19, click here. For updated information about human subjects research, click here.

Researchers who were already approved to return to their research facilities in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 and do not have any changes to room density do not need to complete any additional procedures as listed below. 

For employed and student researchers entering facilities for the first time in Summer 2021, the procedure to be completed using is shown in the below table. If you are both an employee AND a student researcher, please follow the employee process. It is the Principal Investigator’s (PIs) or Laboratory Director's responsibility to disseminate these instructions to their students doing lab work. All PIs must have a plan on file for social distancing in their labs; more information about those plans can be found here. Contact your dean's office for additional information. All researchers must comply with university policies per the below Research Guidelines​ including social distancing, wearing masks, cooperating with contact tracing, screenings, and training.

Research-for-credit: In-person instruction is permitted for curricula involving labs, clinical rotations, technical and other hands-on instruction. Computational work can be completed remotely, but is permitted to be offered in-person. Research that results in the awarding of academic credit is curricular.

Credit-bearing research falls under instruction. Students do not have to submit the Restarting Research application form and no waiver is needed as these are Category 1 classes. Schools and colleges should be aware that a documented plan that complies with the State-approved Restart Guidelines that differentiates between the Governor’s Stage 2 and Stage 3 is required. Please refer to Academic Affairs and your dean's office for additional guidance.

Student research activities in laboratory settings are subject to the same health and safety protocols as any research activities. In the case of COVID-19, best practices for researchers will be applicable to student researchers.

Complaint Process: Researchers who have concerns about their safety or the safety of others, are experiencing coercion, or otherwise suspect non-compliance of any nature to should report their concerns using an established grievance and complaint procedure here: COVID-19 Research, Creative and Scholarly Works Grievance and Compliance online formAll identifying information will be kept confidential. The complaints will be vetted and investigated by a committee of faculty, staff, and students.  In some cases, colleges/schools will have a local complaint committee who will help to confidentially resolve the grievance. 

We have adjusted our Summer 2021 Research process to reflect that many researchers have already completed a rigorous procedure to document the opening of their research labs procedures as listed below. PIs who were already approved to return to their research facilities in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 and do not have any requested changes to room density do not need to complete any additional procedures as listed below (i.e. there is no need to list new names or remove old ones in Step 1). No changes to room densities have been approved by the university at this time. The PI is responsible to ensure that graduate and undergraduate students who are new to the laboratories in Summer 2021 must complete steps 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7  below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a PI doing on-site research for the first time in Summer 2021, you must follow all applicable steps 1-7.  Please email to Vice President for Research Tabbetha Dobbins ( if you have questions about how to apply these steps.

The process is highlighted below:


Process/Routing Pathway
(where forms must be delivered to)

Completed By: Location of Documentation/Form

Rowan University On-Campus Research (undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral trainees, and staff should be named on the form of the Principal Investigator, PI)


Deans, Associate Deans and/or faculty must maintain documentation for density in the room, including mask wearing, and other safety protocols. *See Research Guidelines for more info regarding plan requirements.

New individuals using animal facilities must undergo training and accomodation. Please contact Dr. Nedeljka Bajalo at 


Complete and sign the Professional Ethics Agreement Form

All on-campus researchers

Employees: Employees will complete the HR Personal Responsibility form.

Students: Student should have completed the Student Acknowledment of Risk and Responsibility and Waiver for All Students as a requirement for returning to campus.


Complete the EH&S Rowan University Research Restart Checklist located in BioRAFT

PIs (ONLY those with Research Laboratory Space) BioRaft

Complete the Employee Training SARs COVID-19 created and administered by EH&S

All on-campus researchers

Employees and Students: Review EH&S PowerPoint downloaded here. This PowerPoint is also available to all employees and students as a Banner action item.


Cooperate with contact tracing

Maintain records and make available if requested (do not hand in to any office unless requested)

All on-campus researchers

Each individual maintains list of contacts; these are made available only upon request. For more details, review EH&S PowerPoint downloaded here.


Students and postdoctoral trainees will receive an informational e-mail from the Dean and/or Associate Dean prior to returning to the laboratory.

Deans' offices


Check whether your unit (college/school/department) has developed local plans for restarting research and follow the guidelines within that document

Read unit-specific guidance to learn about any forms needed.

PIs -

ALL = every researcher who will have on-site access
PI = Principal Investigator of the research group requesting access

Essential employees currently having lab access DO NOT need to follow (applicable) steps 1-7 unless otherwise determined to do so by their deans’ office.

*Plans require a description on how personnel would be staggered and/or managed so as to not exceed room density (6ft-to-10ft distances between personnel at all times). If alternating days or shifts will be implemented, please maintain a table to describe the days of the week and shifts that each researcher will be working. Please include PPE plans, what steps you will put in place to ensure social distancing, and how regular cleaning will be addressed to ensure safety of research personnel. Please keep these plans on file in case requested by the Director of the Wellness Center.

Research Ramp-Down Plans

The Restart Research Committee has developed a three-stage designation for research during COVID-19 that reflects the stages of operations in place at a given time by the University.

Stage 2 - All research labs and personnel remain operational according to University health and safety standards.  

Stage 1.5 - Only essential research projects will remain operational on campus facilities. Essential projects include animal-based research, experiments at risk for loss of data fidelity (i.e. cultures, cell lines, microorganisms), labs with equipment maintenance requirements, students who need lab-based research for thesis/dissertation completion, grant reporting requirements, and students enrolled in course-based research activities for credit. 

Stage 1 - Closure of all research facilities and lab activities. Support staff for the care of animals may be required even if all research facilities are closed and laboratory activities are suspended.

Researchers should be aware that another outbreak of COVID-19 or the issue of “Stay Home” executive orders, research may have to be ramped down again with very short notice. 

Follow guidance from the Division of University Research for ‘Ramp Down’ procedures  found in the document titled “Guidance for researchers on COVID-19 preparation (dated March 11th, 2020).”  This “Ramp Down” guidance will be provided on the University’s COVID-19 Dedicated page.

Accessing your files (including Rowan drives) from off-campus is possible by following the instructions on this page.

Consequences for faculty and staff who do not follow these guidelines could be revocation of on-site access to facilities (or remote facilities if applicable) for all researchers on the project for at least a one week period. Faculty and staff identified as the PI are held responsible for non-compliance of faculty collaborators, staff, postdoctoral trainees, and students found under their approval in the form.  Therefore, it is imperative to handle shared personnel thoughtfully in the application form. Further and/or repeated non-compliance with these guidelines will be followed up with additional penalties (as determined by the Associate Deans, Deans, VP for Research, Human Resources (HR) Director, Office of Legal Counsel, and Provosts’ Office). Non-compliance may be discovered by random laboratory checks or by complaints and grievances reported to the university using the COVID-19 Research, Creative and Scholarly Works Grievance and Compliance online form. Complaints are anonymous and all identifying information about the reporter will be kept confidential.

For legacy documents related to Pandemic Management Guide for Researchers and Labs click here.


Research Guidelines

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General Guidelines

Regardless of the type of research/scholarship performed, the following guidelines must be followed at all times.

  • Protect Yourself and Others: CDC guidelines of social distancing of 6 feet or greater, hand-washing, covering mouth and nose, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
  • Face Coverings/Masks: Effective April 8th, Governor Murphy, via executive order #122 required workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises; face coverings/masks for those faculty and staff working on-campus in situations where they are in close proximity (within 6 feet) of others should wear similar cloth face coverings. This is also directed to all who are visiting campus, including students, contractors and visitors (10 years of age or older). 
  • Protective Equipment: It is the PI’s responsibility to determine what kind of protective equipment is needed and to ensure their availability to members of their research group while they work in university research spaces.
  • Health Checks:  Prior to coming to work, individuals must self-screen for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. If you have any of the symptoms on any work day, do not come on campus. Contact your immediate supervisor as soon as reasonably possible. Follow the guidelines in the EH&S Rowan University Research Restart Checklist. In the case of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and contact Health Services at the Wellness Center (856-256-4333) so that we can work with Facilities to arrange for professional sanitation of the offices and lab if needed.
  • Travel: Travel restrictions and self-quarantine rules continue to apply and are posted on the Rowan University COVID-19 page under Guidance on International Travel issued on Feb. 27, 2020 and COVID-19 FAQ-Domestic Travel for Employees Issued on March 3, 2020. Additionally, HR has issued a Personal Travel Policy and Update for International Travel statement on March 16, 2021.  
  • Contact Tracing: Every individual must agree to participate in contact tracing--which means that they will maintain and regularly update a list of substantive and known face-to-face contacts that they have had during the preceding two weeks (i.e., lab members with whom they interact, visitors to the lab, outside funding representatives, trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. by time and date). They may be required to provide the names of human subjects with whom they came in direct contact during study procedures. In the case of a coronavirus infection, they also agree to provide Rowan University with this list and understand that they shall be responsible to take any necessary steps in accordance with the IRB to protect human subjects' information. This information will be made available to the Wellness Center (856-256-4333) to facilitate contact tracing and shall be used for public health purposes only.
  • Common Areas: People are discouraged from eating together or gathering in common areas, such as kitchens or break rooms. These areas, including appliances, must be cleaned regularly.
  • Closed Workspaces: Closed workspaces that are open to users in libraries, archives, etc. must be disinfected regularly. Single-occupancy workspaces that are small and enclosed should not be occupied by more than one person per work period.

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Research in Shared Spaces

Shared Spaces are defined as research spaces where members of a research group routinely interact with each other in the same space, such as science and engineering labs, core facilities, shared spaces in institutes or centers. These guidelines apply:

  • Spacing: The following guidelines must be adopted for shared research spaces: researchers must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet apart during the course of their work unless a different density is justified and approved. The PI is responsible for ensuring that this rule is followed at all times. Space out desks and workstations: desks in common areas must be arranged so that individuals occupying desks at the same time are at least 6 ft apart (consider temporary partitions between workstations if this spacing cannot be achieved). If a space is designed for single occupancy, the space should not be occupied by more than one individual during the same work period. Spaces should be disinfected between users. Any exceptions to this social distancing of 6 feet apart must be undergo approval and be documented in order for the researchers and laboratory to be compliant with these guidelines. Random inspections will be performed and noncompliant labs will be shut down.
  • Work Schedule: Consider implementing a staggered work schedule that minimizes the number of people who are in the lab or other shared research areas at the same time. Work shifts, including work during non-regular business hours, should be considered. The work schedule must be posted inside the shared research space in an easily accessible place. Allow for at least 15-minute buffers between shifts to avoid contact of individuals during transition. Minimize rotating individuals among shifts to reduce the number of unique contacts. Work spaces should be disinfected between users.
  • Protective Equipment: Face coverings/masks and gloves must be available and used at all times in shared research spaces. Obtaining these items is the responsibility of the PI. Face coverings/Masks must be worn at all times in spaces that involve close proximity with other people and when other people are present. Gloves must be worn and removed properly when individuals interact with human subjects in close proximity or share devices or equipment. Face coverings/masks and gloves must be made available to human subjects and visitors prior to entering lab spaces. Human subjects and visitors must wear face coverings/masks and must be given the option to wear gloves. If other protective equipment is needed, the PI must ensure their availability. If any of these are needed and not available to the lab, the lab is not allowed to remain open.
  • Visitors: No visitors (including maintenance people and vendors) are allowed in shared research spaces except for the purpose of delivery, maintenance, repairs, or research collaboration that cannot be conducted remotely. Deliveries should be left outside the lab, if possible. Visitors must adhere to the same rules as lab members if they enter the lab. Visitors, collaborators, maintenance personnel and vendors must complete occupational health training provided by EH&S prior to entry into vivariums. This website has detailed instructions and guidelines for campus visitors and vendors.
  • Volunteer Researchers: Research is a tremendously valuable experience for students and we understand research enriches students’ experiences and helps to develop their professional identity. We encourage faculty to work with student volunteer researchers on projects that can be conducted remotely. If PIs do host student volunteers in their laboratory, they must follow the steps above to ensure room density is maintained. Student volunteers are subject to the same conditions are other student workers regarding testing protocols issued by the university. Volunteers who are not enrolled as students in Summer 2021 must follow the visitor policy above to gain access to our campus upon each entry.
  • Meetings: Routine lab/research group meetings should not be conducted face-to-face. If a face-to-face meeting is necessary, limit the number of participants and hold the meeting in a larger space to allow for appropriate spacing.
  • Safety: If research is conducted by a single individual in a lab setting where under normal circumstances, two or more individuals are present, notify at least one other person outside the lab as a safety precaution prior to entering the lab and upon leaving.
  • Disinfecting Labs: Disinfect common research areas and frequently touched surfaces (lab benches, doorknobs, sink handles, freezer doors, fume hood sashes, keyboards, microscopes, etc.) at the end of each shift prior to the next shift arriving at the workplace. Designate one or more individuals responsible for cleaning and disinfecting and have them initial on the daily work schedule that they completed the cleaning.
  • Disinfecting Equipment: Minimize the sharing of equipment and devices. If they need to be shared, thoroughly disinfect the device between uses by different individuals.

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Human Subject Research

As campus begins to open to more in-person activities, we have assessed the ability for continuation of research with human subjects. As of July 1, 2021, face-to-face research with human subjects may continue with the following guidance:
  1. COVID safe plans, including social distancing and PPE must be maintained according to campus-wide standards.

  2. Human subjects coming to campus must comply with campus visitor registration guidelines found here, including completing the health assessment form found here. 

  3. All research performed with human subjects must have an active IRB protocol.

  4. For research with saliva collection, participants’ self-administration of saliva collection is preferred.  For researchers, PPE of lab coats, face shield, face mask, and gloves are required.  Sick participants or sick researchers are not permitted to engage in the research activity.  The same level of PPE is required by researchers during the processing, handling, and managing of these samples.  If there is a risk of splatter— then gowns must also be worn as necessary PPE during collection and/or sample processing.

  5. For research with blood collection, PPE of lab coats, face shield, surgical mask, and gloves are required.  Sick participants or sick researchers are not permitted to engage in the research activity.  The same level of PPE is required by researchers during the processing, handling, and managing of these samples.  If there is a risk of splatter— then gowns must also be worn as necessary PPE during collection and/or sample processing.

  6. EHS and IBC approvals must be gained prior to collection of saliva and blood samples. 

  7. Researchers resuming research activities must have all applicable training requirements completed.

  8. Modifications/amendments to IRB and/or IBC approved research must be submitted for review and approval if any researchers will be added and/or removed.    

  9. The appropriate committee (IRB and/or IBC) must be notified that research with human subjects will resume (by at least one week prior to resumption of work).  The notification must provide the PI name(s), protocol title and approval number.
Contact the Director of the Office of Research Compliance, Eric Gregory (, regarding questions and concerns.

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Animal Research

The Animal Care Facilities (ACF) teams will allow face-to-face interactions between ACF staff and individual researchers who are not on the ACF staff. Both, the ACF staff and the animal users (researchers), must wear appropriate face covers. ACF staff will continue to communicate with researchers via phone and  through email or other electronic communication methods such as Skype, Webex, Zoom, Google Meets, or Microsoft Teams meetings, if needed.

Restricting entrance to the animal facilities. ACF’s goal is to safely meet the needs of staff and investigators.  To limit staff exposure, ACF is restricting all investigators, maintenance personnel, collaborators and vendors from entering the animal facilities until 10:30am at CMSRU.

Anyone not on ACF staff who wishes to enter before 10:30 am must arrange the arrival with the Vivarium staff via e-mail to The SOM investigators, due to the nature of their studies can enter the ACF as usual, following the guidance for social distancing. This will allow the ACF staff to complete the duties within the animal facility prior to the investigators entering the facility. Before returning to work in ACF, the attending veterinarian will host workshops to train investigators on entrance procedures (dates and times to be determined). This training is mandatory to enter the ACF.

Every person will be trained on entrance procedures. The researchers will come to the ACF wearing the proper face cover. The face covers and gloves will be worn all the time during the work in ACF. To allow a proper social distance, facilitate an earlier start for the researchers and to ensure that only one person works in an animal holding and/or procedure room, ACF will share the calendars/schedules with the researchers. The researchers who only need to retrieve the animals from the holding room and take them to their laboratory during the cage change days are encouraged to e-mail the vivarium staff their needs a day before and include the cage number or the positions of the cage on the rack and the time they would like to take the animals. The Vivarium staff will collect the cages and place them on the cart in front of the animal holding room so the PI can take them without entering the room. Communication between the researchers and Vivarium staff is essential for smooth operations. For more details regarding this process please see the section “Additional Information”  below.

Some animal holding rooms have a large enough space and two BSL cabinets to allow the presence of two persons at the time. To avoid unnecessary traffic, personal contact and waste of PPE, the researchers are required to make a list of procedures and items that are essential to perform an experiment. It is hoped that with this guidance in place, there will be limited numbers of entries to the ACF by the same person or group. Every person entering ACF  has to use their own access card.

By entering the facility, individual researchers certify that they do not exhibit any of the symptoms at the time of entering the facility: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit.  If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 or if they have COVID-like symptoms, they are not permitted in the animal facility.

Researchers not abiding by the social distancing guidelines or use of a proper PPE will have their animal facility access removed. 

Animal ordering will be gradual, over the course of five weeks.  

Prepare for supply changes. ACF currently has enough inventory of PPE and cleaning agents to cover current needs within the animal facility. The situation, however, may change rapidly. Researchers are prohibited from removing PPE and cleaning supplies from the animal facility. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in denial of future access to the animal facility during the pandemic.  

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval. If any modifications to the animal protocol are required due to the COVID-19 situation (for example, shortening procedure durations or ordering animals over the number approved by the IACUC), please ensure a modification is submitted and approved through the IACUC office in writing via the website.

Additional Q&A Information Related to the ACF is found in Appendix I.

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Working with Biohazardous Agents and Human Specimens

Working with Biohazardous agents

Require approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). If modifications are needed to change the protocol, such changes must be approved by the IBC prior to implementing changes.

Working with Human Specimens 

The transportation or use of biospecimens requires prior IBC approval. Venipunctures and fingersticks must be conducted by experienced individuals. The collection of saliva and urine samples also require approval by the IBC. If biospecimen are collected with subject’s consent, the use of existing biospecimen must be consistent with subject’s consent unless the subject has agreed  to use the specimen without any restrictions for other research.

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General FAQs

  1. Q: Can the Principle Investigator (PI) require students to come to campus for research?
    A: No.

  2. Q: Is the PI liable if a research student gets infected while in the lab? Is the PI liable if a research student gets infected while on campus conducting research?
    A: If the PI is following protocols established in our guidance and working within the scope of the PI’s responsibilities, liability is highly unlikely. That being said, the PI could be named in a lawsuit.

  3. Q: Are students liable if they infect another research student while in the lab? Are students liable if another student gets infected while on campus because of research duties?
    A: Likely not. It is very hard to demonstrate that a student was the cause of another student’s infection. Our focus must be to follow the guidelines in place and reduce likelihood of infection. 

  4. Q: What is the PI’s liability if non-COVID-19 incidents occur in the lab due to lack of supervision caused by social distancing (i.e. PI cannot be in same room as student during experimentation)?
    A: The PI must have adequate supervision in place even with social distancing. If adequate supervision is not possible, then the student should not be in the lab. However, if a PI is following appropriate safeguards outlined in the Restart Plan as well as in the Laboratory Safety Policy, risk of incident and liability are reduced.

  5. Q: Can the PI require student researchers to be tested for COVID-19?
    A: No. Testing cannot be required by individual faculty members. Testing will be based on public health recommendations in accordance with Rowan University policy. 

  6. Q. If a student researcher is tested, is the PI entitled to know the result?
    A: Test results will be considered confidential information. Individuals will be notified of COVID-19 exposure in accordance with public health recommendations.

  7. Q: If the PI tests positive, are student researchers communicated the result? If someone in my building tests positive, are the PIs in that building communicated the results?
    A: Test results will be considered confidential information. Individuals will be notified of COVID-19 exposure in accordance with public health recommendations.

  8. Q: Is it the PI’s responsibility to communicate test results to members of the lab?
    A: Test results will be considered confidential information. Individuals will be notified of COVID-19 exposure in accordance with public health recommendations.

  9. Q: In case of positive testing of any lab member or anyone on the floor or in the building, can research continue?
    A: Generally, yes. You will be informed if the lab must be shut down but due to frequency of cleanings and precautions, we are hoping to avoid shutdowns based on one positive test.

  10. Q: My lab research experiments cannot easily be interrupted and restarted. What are the conditions that will lead to stopping on-site research again? Is there a specific number of cases per building metric?A: There is not a clear guidance relating to number of cases leading to shutdown of on-site research. We must keep in mind that another executive order could result in shutdown. We are taking the recommended public health precautions in an effort to avoid shutdown.

  11. Q: What will be the frequency of cleaning/decontamination of common areas in labs and buildings (hallways, bathrooms, all doors, etc.)?
    A: All academic spaces will have bathrooms thoroughly cleaned and disinfected twice per day, at least Monday through Friday. We are awaiting confirmation on the weekend use of academic spaces to determine the cleaning frequency required. All other common spaces will be cleaned once per day, normally during the overnight shift. Items such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc. will get cleaned once per day.

  12. Q: What precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of janitorial personnel, and ensure that they do not contribute to spread of virus between different labs in the same building?
    A: Janitorial personnel have been trained relating to cleaning and disinfecting and are wearing appropriate masks and gloves to facilitate cleaning.

  13. Q: Will used Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) used in labs such as masks and gloves be considered as potential biohazard?
    A: Face coverings and gloves that are not specific to research are not considered biohazardous waste.  The OSHA document COVID-19 Control and Prevention Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Workers and Employees provides the following:

    "Workers and employers should manage municipal (e.g., household, business) solid waste with potential or known SARS-CoV-2 contamination like any other non-contaminated municipal waste."

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) for research at biosafety level 2 is considered biohazardous and must be disposed of through the regulated medical waste stream. Questions can be directed to Environmental Health & Safety at

  14. Q: How will buildings be monitored to know when occupancy capacity is reached?
    A: We will be working with the Deans’ offices to ensure rotation of staff to prevent overcrowding.

  15. Q: Will there be temperature testing to allow personnel and students in labs and buildings?
    A: All staff, faculty, and students will be required to check their temperatures on a daily basis and complete a daily check-in verifying that they are free from symptoms. If they are not, they should not come to campus or work in labs.

  16. Q: When will PIs and research students be given special instructions relative to building occupancy (e.g. one-way hallways, bathroom usage, common sitting areas, etc.)?
    A: Signs will be posted in the building relating to common areas, hallways, and other areas in the building. Please review the Return to Rowan documents relating to building density.

  17. Q: Do students taking research for course credits have to adhere to the Return to Research plan described here?
    A: Credit-bearing research falls under instruction. These students do not have to submit the Restarting Research application form and no waiver is needed as these are Category 1 classes. Schools and colleges should be aware that a documented plan that complies with the State-approved Restart Guidelines that differentiates between the Governor’s Stage 2 and Stage 3 is required. Please refer to Academic Affairs for additional guidance.

  18. Q: What happens to perishable items in case Rowan is shut down again? Will delivery and storage of perishable materials be insured?
    A: Items will not be insured. However, after a researcher solicits a vendor, this document can be used asking the vendor to certify that they will not drop, ship, or leave perishable items unattended. Someone in the lab will have to sign for the shipment, confirming delivery. If no one is available to sign, the item will be put back on the truck and returned to the vendor. The researcher bears the responsibility of informing vendors of the new delivery protocol, as they have knowledge of which items are perishable and their delivery statuses.

Please have a look at the University plan for return to campus found here for answers to additional questions you may have.

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Appendix I - Additional Q&A Related to the ACF

19. Q. Would Spark or other researchers be able to begin ordering sooner? 
A: Only if a study is not strictly age related so if we do not reopen on target day, the animals can still be used in the following weeks.

20. Q: For Procedure spaces or work that cannot be performed with 6 ft distancing would a PAPR or Half face respirator allow this work to be completed. We would provide this elevated PPE. For example our ocular injections require 2 people that would not be able to follow the 6 foot distancing rules.  
A: Yes, provided that the protocol is amended for the use of mandatory, elevated PPE.

21: Q: Would new employees be allowed to go through vivarium training to allow them to work in the facility?
A: No new employees at this time or at the time of reopening. The decision will be revisited at the appropriate time.

22: Q: For animals bred in house can we begin planning studies to start immediately with approved staff?  A: Yes.

23: Q: Can Spark employees be in the office area (not in the Vivarium) before 10:30 am?
A: Yes, as long as they follow the appropriate social distance rule and wear a face cover.

24: Q: Does this rule of starting at 10:30 am at CMSRU only apply to the animal rooms being changed or the entire vivarium? 
A: No. The employees can start working in the rooms that are not changed that day, starting at 8 am. This will allow veterinary staff to do a daily routine check of animal.

25: Q: Is there a heightened cleaning protocol for the office/bathrooms/break areas?
A: Yes.

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