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VPR: Orange Announcements

Author: Office of the Vice President for Research

Dear Research Community,


We hope that you are safe and well. Last week, we officially moved to the orange alert level for UofU limited research activities. We would like to express our appreciation for your support and patience as we continue to navigate through these challenging events together. Please remember to frequently visit the VPR COVID-19 and Research Alert Levels webpages as updates continue to evolve.

Here is the VPR Research COVID-19 update:

In an effort to keep our campus safe, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has created a laboratory safety video to help us minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to watch this short video on laboratory etiquette, social distancing, proper personal protective wear, disinfecting workspaces, and more.

Graduate student and postdoctoral research activities under the ORANGE alert level must follow the published guidelines available on the VP for research website VPR website. Under the ORANGE alert level, onsite graduate student research activities should be limited. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are not comfortable working onsite should not be asked to do so. More information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Anyone returning to campus after domestic travel should fill out the returning traveler self-reporting form and follow the instructions provided.

The university is requiring faculty, students, postdocs, and staff returning from international travel from any country to self-isolate and implement physical distancing. Individuals who fall into this category must fill out the returning traveler self-reporting form and follow the instructions provided.

As always, please do not hesitate to send us your feedback as we strive to provide needed information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible.  Thank you for helping us keep the campus community safe and healthy.


Andy Weyrich
Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki
Associate Vice President for Research 

Erin Rothwell
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity