July 7, 2020
Vice President for Research Jill Pipher
Tags Grad and Medical Students Faculty and Staff

To Brown Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff: Resuming Work in Research Facilities: Stage 2


I am pleased to share that in accordance with the best and most current public health guidance, as well as the phased reopening of the State of Rhode Island, Brown has transitioned as of Monday, July 6, into Stage 2 of the gradual and controlled process of resuming research in University facilities that began last month.

To guide that process, the following Guidelines for Stage 2 of Resuming Research have been developed and recommended by the Research Continuity Subcommittee of the Academic Continuity Planning working group, and approved by the provost and executive vice president of finance and administration: https://www.brown.edu/research/sites/research/files/Stage-2-of-Brown-Resuming-Work-in-Research-Facilities.pdf

Stage 2 guidelines provide detail on the following updates: (1) population density in labs; (2) social distancing instructions for working in labs; (3) human subjects research; (4) field research; (5) plans to work with undergraduates in labs; (6) computational labs and research meetings; and (7) training of students in labs.

Faculty with research labs will receive further instructions about how to submit Stage 2 plans to [email protected]. For non-lab research, plans should be submitted to the Office of the Provost as explained in the following June 26 communication from Provost Richard M. Locke and EVP of Finance and Administration Barbara Chernow: https://www.brown.edu/about/administration/provost/communications/resumption-non-lab-research

Please feel free to share this communication with any faculty, students and staff associated with your labs.

I look forward to working with you as we move into Stage 2. If you have any questions, please write to [email protected].


Jill Pipher, Vice President for Research