Mike Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, sent an email regarding guidance on research projects. Here are the highlights: "Everyone who can conduct all or some of their research remotely (by phone or online) should do so, effective immediately. Staff and students should confirm their plans with their supervisor or faculty advisor via phone or email. Meetings should be held remotely, e.g., via Zoom or teleconference.
Human Subjects research that cannot be done remotely (by phone or online) should be suspended, effective immediately. Researchers should plan for alternatives to in-person study visits, if possible (e.g., remote options for questionnaires, surveys, check-ins, screening, etc.). These changes must be approved in advance by the IRB as a Modification to the study, unless they are necessary to eliminate immediate apparent hazards to participants.
For questions, please contact HumanSubjects@ORA.UMass.edu."
If any of you have additional questions about these directions, please contact the College of Education's Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) at: EDUCORE@EDUC.UMass.edu or (413) 531-7468 and they will help strategize how you might work within these requirements, including contacting other units on campus to see about exceptions if warranted.
To read an FAQ about research with human subjects, visit the UMass Amherst Office of Research and Engagement’s FAQ at this website.