NOTE: This message was sent to sent to the PI and DGA lists, OVPRI research admin units, core facilities staff, and center and institute directors and business managers on Dec. 17, 2020
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for your continued efforts to find ways to modify your activities and environment to carry out your work in a way that supports the safety of those involved with the UO research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I also want to make sure that you are aware of the updated university travel policy for business travel. The most important changes for you to be aware of are 1) travel exception has moved from departments back to the Travel Advisory Group as was the case in the spring and 2) research-related travel will continue to require approval from their respective department dean and an approved research recovery plan. Our FAQs have been updated to clarify when individual graduate student travel does and does not require a research recovery plan.
In addition, I encourage you to communicate with your teams about expectations and safety for individuals traveling in the coming weeks. Please consider the Governor’s recommendation of a 14-day quarantine upon return from all out of state travel when scheduling lab coverage. We hope that members of the research community will comply with this recommendation aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage everyone to continue to conduct any work that can be completed remotely from home.
At present, we are not modifying our staged approach to research recovery. We will continue to closely monitor state and local guidance and hope to maintain current operations with limited, if any, disruption in the coming weeks. However, we do remind you to be prepared to pause research operations at any time should we need to make changes.
Please continue to prioritize safety (proper mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) in your research spaces and activities. Now is an ideal time to review your recovery plan with all of your team members and identify any challenges or processes that can be improved and addressed. If you have significant changes to your operations, please submit a revised version of your PI recovery plan (using track changes) to researchIMT@uoregon.edu for approval.
I am proud to be a part of such an incredible research community and am grateful for your continued flexibility, patience, and resilience. I wish each and every one of you the best for safe and happy holidays.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Research Professor, Institute for a Sustainable Environment
University of Oregon