Research and Libraries
The Research & Libraries Working Group recommends the following in preparation for the fall 2021 semester.
- The target state for in-person research and library activities should be a return as close as possible to pre-COVID-19 activities, schedules, and densities of personnel in facilities.
- A gradual transition to this target state should begin after the spring semester is completed. A Research & Libraries Operating Plan (RLOP) and participation in the campus asymptomatic testing program should be required along with any relevant guidelines for undergraduate and summer research. These requirements should be modified as the public health situation permits.
- During this transition, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement (VCRE) in consultation with the Research & Libraries Working Group, EH&S and other groups as necessary, should provide updates, including any modified requirements, bi-weekly or more frequently if necessary, and with as much advance notice of changes as possible.
- Some UMass facilities, including performance venues, farms or field stations, or individual research groups, may need to adopt more restrictive health and safety measures according to their in-person activities and participants’ risk levels. Following the best practices developed over the last year, those plans should be discussed with all the participants and across spatially proximate lab groups, such as on a floor together or using the same shared facilities.