Virginia Tech has developed a framework and process for scaling operations to the current mode of modified operations that continues to recognize the importance of safety, transitions back to an in-person student-learning experience, and ramps up research programs. Working within modified operations in Phase Three status means the further easing of restrictions as research continues to ramp up, carefully and in accordance with commonwealth and Virginia Tech policy.
Most labs can/will be opened. Undergraduate and graduate students working on sponsored research or course credit may return to established or new research projects. Student volunteer research activity in labs is not advised, since the density of researchers in spaces will need to be monitored to adhere to proper physical distancing guidelines. Conditions do not supersede additional requirements colleges and institutes may add to activities in their units. Allowable research activities continue to require the approval of deans, vice presidents, or institute directors or their designee(s). In resuming additional research activities, individuals must use appropriate PPE and continue strict adherence to safety/hygiene and physical distancing requirements.
Research PPE and Hygiene
For guidance on scaling laboratory operations, the use of face coverings in research and laboratory settings, and other useful information, see Environmental Health & Safety COVID-19 FAQs.