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Research Information

Research Operations

In the spring semester, Virginia Tech will continue its research in a manner that recognizes the importance of safety, transitions back to an in-person student-learning experience, and continues to ramp up research programs.

  • We are operating under the university’s modified operations status.
  • 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, due to lab space and physical distancing guidelines. 
  • Colleges and institutes may add additional requirements in their areas. 
  • Allowable research activities require the approval of deans, vice presidents, or institute directors or their designee(s). 
  • The COVID-19 Research and Continuity Guidance microsite contains various resources for researchers, including Phase Three: Reopening Guidance.

Research PPE and Hygiene

  • Individuals must use appropriate PPE and continue strict adherence to safety/hygiene and physical distancing requirements.
  • For guidance on scaling laboratory operations, the use of face coverings in research and laboratory settings, and more, see Environmental Health & Safety COVID-19 FAQs.

Community Wellness Commitment

Be committed. Be well.

In partnership with a range of local health, public safety, education, and government agencies, Virginia Tech has collaborated with the New River Valley Public Health Task Force to develop a Community Wellness Commitment. The commitment outlines 10 tenets, based on well-known public health guidelines, that community members can personally adopt. It remains a driving principle in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.