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Responding to COVID-19: Purdue Research

Current Research Operations (Updated: March 26, 2020)

We appreciate your dedication to advancing Purdue’s research mission in a safe and responsible way during this unprecedented time. Governor Holcomb’s recent executive order provides an exemption for universities to perform critical research or essential functions given that social distancing practices are followed.

The critical research and support functions at Purdue campus laboratories, agricultural centers, and field sites are defined at this link. Principal investigators or facility/site directors should complete a brief Critical On-Campus Research Continuity Information Form to continue work that falls into one of more of these categories after March 25.

All personnel should follow previously announced guidance on social distancing/safety hygiene practices, use of proper lab and safety equipment, and use of buddy system in labs with hazardous materials. Additionally, researchers who are sick, have returned from travel outside of the state, or have concerns over their personal health and safety should not come to campus.

Other work should be safely ramped down using the Research Laboratory Ramp-Down Checklist as soon as possible, but no later than March 27. Signs that give the operating status, emergency contacts, and hazards should be downloaded and posted on the door of each campus laboratory.

To continue remotely, researchers are encouraged to work on data analysis, writing projects, literature reviews, or online learning (coding, statistics, etc.). Group members should be well equipped to work remotely (VPN, Duo, etc.), including obtaining special accommodations and approvals for use of proprietary or protected data and computing resources.

Removing university chemicals, materials, equipment, or animals in an attempt to recreate experimental labs at off-site locations is not permitted.

Purdue Guidance – Things you need to know about COVID-19

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