COVID-19 Resources & Guidance

Guidance for the Research Community​
Page last updated 2/23/21 at 9:00 a.m.

Reopening Research & Libraries

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Further Guidelines and Resources

Topic Guidance
  • RLOP faculty leads should implement any changes in RLOP personnel via the RLOP Personnel Change Request Form. This process ensures that the Public Health Promotion Center testing lists remain current as to participants who are on-site for RLOP activities. Any individuals on RLOPs who have moved to fully remote, who are now living outside of the Amherst area (Amherst area is defined as Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury and Sunderland), or whose presence on-site is infrequent (i.e., once or twice per month), should be removed to prevent non-compliance notices being generated by the testing management system.
  • 1/19/20: COVID-19 Testing for the Spring Semester - Faculty who are teaching or conducting research on campus are required to be tested weekly.
  • Everyone who comes to campus should complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist.
  • Only personnel approved in the Laboratory Research Continuity Plan (Word doc) are allowed to conduct research on campus until an Interim Operating Plan is finalized. Continuity Plans should be replaced as soon as possible by an operating plan, with the understanding that they may be needed if public health conditions deteriorate and force another closure on short notice.
  • Employees in a high-risk group should follow the Employee Guidance FAQ
  • Updated (10/21/2020) Guidelines on Undergraduate Researchers in UMass Facilities in Spring 2021
Research Spaces
Safety & Cleaning
Centralized Core Facilities
IRB (Research with Human Subjects)
IACUC (Research with Animals)
Sponsored Projects: Federal Agency Guidance
Travel Guidance

Thank you very much for your cooperation and continued attention to the evolving circumstances of this unprecedented public health emergency.​

Guidance about UMass Amherst research activities are updated when new information becomes available. See the UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the status of all UMass Amherst operations.