The COVID-19 crisis and rapidly changing circumstances associated with efforts to slow the spread of the virus has brought unprecedented challenges to Villanova’s faculty, staff and students. This evolving situation is also impacting our research community.
In order to protect the health and safety of the Villanova community, research leaders must immediately begin preparing to suspend all non-critical on-campus research activities. All non-critical on-campus research activities must be suspended by March 25. If additional time is needed to safely wrap up non-critical on-campus research activities, please contact Amanda Grannas, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer, no later than March 24.
While Governor Wolf’s action to halt all non-life sustaining business includes an exception for scientific research, Villanova’s directives will allow the University to focus the increasingly limited available resources on those on-campus research activities that are critical. It also will allow us to better adapt to any additional future limitations.
We anticipate this limitation of activity will extend until at least May 15, but we will revisit as circumstances warrant.
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR THOSE ON-CAMPUS FOR CRITICAL RESEARCH:
Minimize your visits to campus, in accordance with Governor Wolf's guidance. Every time you leave assume you will not be able to come back for at least two weeks. Any personnel who are on campus for critical research activities should engage only in those activities while on campus.
In light of current situations, the University is defining on-campus “critical” research activities as those that if discontinued would:
- pose a safety hazard
- cause the loss of irreplaceable data, irreplaceable samples or irreplaceable animal populations
- cause significant damage to critical equipment in facilities and laboratories
- prevent insight and response to the COVID-19 pandemic
All other on-campus research activities are considered non-critical.
The health and safety of Villanova research personnel and our surrounding community is our top priority. As such, the University has enacted the following directives:
- Undergraduate students may not be in laboratories during this time.
- Essential personnel needed to maintain critical activities may report to campus but should practice social distancing and good hygiene consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and PA Department of Health guidance.
- Plans should be established to minimize personnel overlap and stagger their presence in facilities and laboratories.
- If essential personnel must work with hazardous materials while in labs, please call Public Safety (610-519-6979) to inform them of this work so that they can include these labs in additional patrols and be cognizant of work happening in the case of an emergency.