Research Continuity

New York state has permitted the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions to move to Phase 4 reopening on Friday, June 26. The state’s Phase 4 plan includes guidance for higher education institutions and enables Cornell’s own staged approach to reactivating approved campus research facilities to continue. As with earlier phases, full campus reopening is excluded at this time. Unless approved to return to campus by their dean, department chair or supervisor, faculty and staff who are currently working remotely should continue to do so.

Cornell is approaching the restart of our research enterprise carefully and in stages. Before research can resume, buildings and facilities must be cleared for reopening; sufficient protective equipment must be available for personnel; and all labs, studios and other research/scholarly programs must submit research reactivation plans to be approved by the department chair or center director, the college dean and the vice provost for research. Research reactivation currently excludes activities in New York City, as different regions are currently in different phases of the New York state plan for reopening.

Under Phase 4, approved Ithaca and Geneva facilities may continue to expand critical on-campus activities, including access to Cornell University Libraries in support of research and scholarship. To ensure workplace health and safety as Cornell’s phased reactivation proceeds, employees must adhere to Working During COVID-19 guidance issued by the Division of Human Resources, and those approved to work or conduct research on the Ithaca campus or related facilities must complete the Daily Check prior to their arrival each day. In addition, as the university continues with reactivation, campus buildings must not exceed 50% capacity.

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