Prior COVID-19 Communications

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Prior Communications

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Following Requirements to Perform Research are in Effect until Further Notice

Though the Health Sciences Center remains open, the health and safety of our researchers and research participants at OUHSC is a top priority. To comply with Governor Stitt’s March 24 COVID-19 Safer-at-Home order to discontinue nonessential business functions all research at the OUHSC must adhere to the following requirements.  Although we are unable to anticipate the exact duration of these restrictions on research activities, we will be evaluating and updating the situation on an ongoing basis and will provide updates as appropriate.  Any questions related to this communication should go to VPR@ouhsc.edu.

Non-Human Subject Research

  1. Only essential research approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research should be ongoing.
  2. General laboratory maintenance does not need approval.  General laboratory maintenance would include activities such as filling liquid nitrogen dewars, maintaining expensive equipment that cannot be shut off, checking on freezers.  Examples of activities that would be considered research requiring approval would include feeding cell lines, any activity involving animals, and genotyping of animal colonies.
  3. No new experiments are allowed unless they are directly related to COVID-19 and approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  4. New COVID-19 research requires approval of the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Principal Investigators requesting to initiate a new COVID-19 research project must do the following:
  5. Fill out the Revised COVID-19 Research Project Form and submit the form to VPR@ouhsc.edu.
  6. Not initiate any new COVID-19 research until the Principal Investigator has received approval from the Office of the Vice President for Research and, if necessary, from the appropriate compliance group, i.e. IACUC, IBC.

Human Subject Research

Information on Human Subject Research can be found at:  https://compliance.ouhsc.edu/HRPP/COVID-19-Information

Animal Research

Information on Animal Research can be found in the document: Information on Animal Research

First and foremost, the Health Sciences Center remains open, and the health and safety of our researchers and research participants at OUHSC is our number one priority. To comply with Governor Stitt’s March 24 COVID-19 Safer-at-Home order to discontinue nonessential business functions, effectively immediately, all OUHSC researchers should begin an orderly shutdown of all nonessential research. Until further notice, all HSC research and creative activity requiring individuals to work on campus will be suspended EXCEPT for essential research activities. Although we are unable to anticipate the exact duration of this suspension of nonessential research activities, we will be evaluating and updating the situation on an ongoing basis and will provide updates as appropriate.  Any questions related to this communication should go to VPR@ouhsc.edu.

Guidance on nonhuman subjects research can be found below at #1, 2, 3, 4

Guidance on human subjects research can be found below at #5

Guidance on graduate student research can be found below at #6

1.  Preparing Your Research Program to respond to COVID-19

2.  Research Disaster Plan for Research Laboratories

Principal Investigators must have a written Research Disaster Plan for their research laboratories in the case of a disaster that limits access to campus or impacts campus resources  The Research Disaster Plan contains guidelines on what each Principal Investigator must include within their own laboratory Research Disaster Plan.

3.  Information for Researchers with Animal Protocols to Follow in Event of Disaster

  • The Division of Comparative Medicine has a website with information for researchers with animal protocols on how to manage animal activities during a disaster; see: https://acup.ouhsc.edu/emergency-contacts.html
  • The Division of Comparative Medicine March 13, 2020, Newsletter has information for researchers on how to manage research animals in the event the University needs to limit campus access due to a COVI-19 outbreak in Oklahoma; see AnimalSource March 2020.

4.  COVID-19 and OUHSC Research

  • Click here for FAQs

5.  COVID-19 and Human Subjects Research

  • Click here for the latest updates

6.  Guidance for Graduate Students

  • Click here for the Graduate College Policies related to COVID-19
  • Click here for telecommuting ideas for graduate students.

7.  Federal Agency(ies) Responses to COVID-19

At this time, all communications indicate that sponsoring agencies are aware of the issues related to research and COVID-19 and are prepared to make special accommodations for proposals and expenditures.   For specific agency notices, please see below:

8.  Council on Governmental Relations – Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources  

https://www.cogr.edu/institutional-and-agency-responses-covid-19-and-additional-resources