Research Operations

As they do in many other ways, researchers led the way in KU's science-based approach to a safer campus environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a Research I university, one of KU’s top priorities is a safe and thoughtful reactivation of our research endeavors. The Office of Research has relaxed some of its required procedures for research operations that had been imposed in 2020, such as:

  • Researchers are no longer required to create and maintain individual lab and fieldwork COVID-19 safety plans that are approved by deans, department chairs or center directors and kept on file with the Office of Research.
  • Research facility managers are no longer required to track vendors or other visitors to buildings.
  • Human subjects researchers should contact the Human Research Protection Program if they have questions about how this new phase affects their studies. Protocol modifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See the KU Office of Research’s Next Steps for On-Campus Research guidelines for more details about health and safety measures for researchers.