Covid-19 and Research

Office of Research and Scholarship

RESEARCH AND COVID-19:  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS AND GUIDANCE (March 20, 2020)  

UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE FOR RESEARCH AND COVID-19 

The University of Texas at Tyler’s primary focus continues to be the safety and well being of all members of the university research community. President Tidwell’s COVID-19 Precautionary Guidance and Town Hall discussion on March 20, 2020 encouraged faculty and staff to embrace flexible work arrangements to maximize social distancing. The recommendations from President Tidwell and in this document are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to increase physical space between people to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

RESOURCES IN SUPPORT OF RESEARCH & COVID-19
The Office of Research & Scholarship (ORS) and the Office of Academic Affairs encourage researchers to review the following documents available on the ORS website.   

Guidance for COVID-19 Research
Contingency Plans
Human Subject Research

 

UT TYLER FAQS RELATED TO RESEARCH AND COVID-19

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR UT TYLER RESEARCH RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Research at UT Tyler is continuing, but most research and creative activities are being conducted differently to maximize social distancing.

  1.  Research activities that can be performed remotely can and should continue to move forward in remote settings.
  2.  Activities that require campus facilities and laboratories should be conducted in a way that maintains the recommended distance of six feet between people, such as creating work shifts to reduce the number of people in a lab at one time.
  3. Research activities that involve in-person human subjects studies create a significant risk of disease exposure to participants and researchers and should be paused or modified in accordance with the COVID-19 Face-to-Face Human Subjects Research Activities Restrictions.
  4.  Researchers should coordinate with their department chairs, research center directors and associate deans for research to make appropriate decisions on which activities should be continued, modified or suspended.
  5.  Researchers should develop contingency plans to prepare for current or future disruptions to their research and creative activities in coordination with their department chairs, research center directors and associate deans for research.

 

NOTE
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a fluid and rapidly evolving situation. We are working diligently to make important decisions about university response and recommendations relative to research, and we will share that information with you in a timely manner.

Watch your email and the Office of Research & Scholarship website as information evolves in the coming days. Please e-mail questions or suggestions for content to research@uttyler.edu.


Thank you for your understanding as we work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.


On behalf of the Office of Research & Scholarship Team
Kouider Mokhtari, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Research & Scholarship 

 

Office of Research and Scholarship staff are currently telecommuting. Please visit our Personnel page for information on contacting our staff. We are available to meet by phone, email, Microsoft Teams or Zoom.