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Richard Reeder Releases Plan for Restarting Research Activities

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Richard J. Reeder, Vice President for Research, has released a message to researchers providing the University’s plan for Restarting Research Lab, Field, and Studio Activities. The message reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateIn anticipation of returning to campus and other research locations, I am providing you with SBU’s Plan for Restarting Research Lab, Field, and Studio Activities.  Access the Plan here.

The plan was developed by a Task Force consisting of faculty and staff, with guidance provided by COVID Recovery Key Area committees, the Research Advisory Committee, and the University Senate Research Committee, and approved by the University’s Executive Leadership Team. The safety and health of all research personnel have been the primary factors in developing the plan. 

The Restarting Research Plan has 5 main components:

  1. A description of the guiding principles that frame the plan
  2. A description of safeguards to protect the health of research personnel
  3. A table that describes a phased return to research according to external conditions
  4. template that every PI must complete and submit for approval before restarting activities in their lab, studio or in the field
  5. A safe practices checklist for returning to the lab

Principal Investigators (or faculty supervisors) should adapt the key elements of the plan for their own research lab/activities, and create their own plan using the downloadable template.  Once completed, the template must be submitted to your respective Department Chair or unit Director for review and approval.  Chairs will coordinate with their Deans, Building Managers, and the Research Recovery Committee to determine the schedule for restarting activities, based on demonstration of lab operational readiness, appropriate safeguards, access to supporting services and facilities, and guidance from SBU leadership.

The Task Force has given careful consideration to the most common circumstances expected for restarting research activities.  Nevertheless, we anticipate there will be questions as PIs begin their own lab planning and as implementation efforts proceed.  Furthermore, some components of the Plan may change depending on public health conditions and in response to new guidance provided by NY State, SUNY, and SBU leadership.  Updates to the Plan will be available here.

General information about the University’s plan for returning to the workplace can be found on the Coming Back Safe and Strong website where we will also post FAQs about restarting research.  In the meantime, questions about this plan and its implementation can be addressed to your Department Chair or unit Director.  Questions that require broader guidance can be sent to the Research Recovery Committee at

* Restarting Research Task Force

Surita Bhatia (Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs; Professor, Chemistry)
Axel Drees (Chair and Professor, Physics and Astronomy)
Alfredo Fontanini (Chair and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior)
Connell Friel (Director, Facilities Operations)
Timothy Glotch (Assoc Dean, Operations and Facilities, CAS; Professor, Geosciences)
Glen Itzkowitz (Assoc Dean, Research Facilities & Operations, RSOM)
Walter Julias (Manager, Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste, EH&S)
Jon Longtin (Assoc Dean for Research, CEAS; Professor, Mechanical Engineering)
Nina Maung (Assoc Vice President for Research)
Anne McElroy (Professor, SoMAS)
Richard Reeder (Vice President for Research) 


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