- Guidelines for NAU Researchers-Phase 2 Operations
- Guidelines for Researchers-Phase 1 Operations
- Worksheet for Reaccelerating Research
- Checklist for Reacceleration of Research
- Fieldwork/Travel Acknowledgement of Risk
- Phase 1 Lab Preparation Checklist
- Phase 1 Laboratory Signage
Plan for Re-accelerating Research
The purpose of the Plan for Re-accelerating Research is to lay out a framework for the safe, secure and responsible re-acceleration of on-campus research activities in appropriate phases, aligned with AZ Executive Orders, guidance from public health authorities, and NAU’s procedures and practices regarding returning to full campus operations. The Plan is informed by the following Core Principles:
- Research success, along with its synergistic positive impact on experiential learning, workforce development, and societal benefits, is a critical element of NAU’s mission.
- Support and protection of the health of the research workforce is of fundamental importance.
- All researchers must continue to comply with all AZ Executive Orders, guidance from public health authorities (including the CDC, state, and county), and all university guidance and procedures related to returning to full campus operations (e.g., under limited authorization for travel and compliance with guidance on self-screening and use of masks).
- Practical and safety considerations will dictate which activities are allowed in any given space. In particular, plans to re-accelerate research must be informed by and adapt to evolving recommendations from national and local health authorities regarding best practices to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (“Covid-19”).
- Individual plans to re-accelerate research, reviewed by the appropriate College Dean, the Office of Research Compliance, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, should describe procedures to ensure compliance with external orders and guidance, and provide a mechanism for monitoring compliance internally.
- Principal investigators and laboratory managers must realize and accept that changes in guidance may be necessary if pandemic conditions change, and they must have provisions in their individual plans to adapt to any such new guidance.
- Maximizing opportunities and engagement via remote work where possible is essential and is expected to remain so until pre-pandemic conditions return.
Phased Levels of Research Operations
Guidelines are given for three phases of on-campus or field work. Movement between the phases must be determined in accordance with public health directives and guidance from state, university, and local authorities.
- Phase 1 Operations reflect the previous state of operations
Phase 2 Operations reflect the present state of operations
- Phase 3 Operations reflect a full return to a pre-pandemic state of operations
Phase 1 Operations: Continued on-campus and field work identified as critical research as described in “Guidelines for NAU Researchers Phase 1 Operations.”
Rigorous adherence to physical distancing, disinfection protocols, and limits to the number of occupants in a given space.
Phase 2 Operations: On-campus and field work previously identified as critical research (in Phase 1 Operations), as well as re-acceleration of research that has been modified or temporarily delayed in scope or execution as a result of the pandemic
- Operations are accompanied by the implementation of healthy hygiene practices, physical distancing plans, the provision of necessary PPE, and plans for work shifts spread in time and limiting the size of collocated groups (See new “Guidelines for NAU Researchers-Phase 2 Operations).
Phase 3 Operations: Full return to pre-pandemic levels of research activity without restrictions to group size or physical distancing
- Transition to Phase 3 Operations will be dependent upon and in alignment with guidance from state, university, and local authorities.