Reducing On-Campus Research-Related Activities

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Dear Penn State Research Community,

With the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and our focus on social distancing and the health and well-being of the community, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, in consultation with the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine, has issued these revised standards related to laboratory research. Specifically, Principal Investigators should immediately begin preparing for all on-campus research to be reduced to essential research-related activities by March 24.

The underlying principle is to help ensure that our healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed. Together, we need to do everything we can to curtail campus activities to the barest minimum levels.

Attached, please find guidance on how to enact this curtailment in research-related activities. This information is also available at

Thank you for your unyielding efforts and dedication to keeping our community safe.

All the best,

Lora Weiss and Leslie Parent

Lora Weiss, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research

Leslie Parent, MD
Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Medicine

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