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Lab Research Ramp-up Survey

Published August 28, 2020

Dear Washington University Faculty, Staff, and Trainees,

As you all know, Laboratory-based research activities on both campuses have been at the Yellow Level for several weeks. Careful planning and strict adherence to our safety requirements has allowed the University to slowly ramp-up laboratory research from Red to Orange and now Yellow Level, with great success. To ensure continued success and enhance the safety of our research community, we must remain vigilant with monitoring our plans.

Looking ahead, we anticipate that the University will continue to operate at the Yellow Level through the next several months of the pandemic, assuming the COVID conditions on campus and in the community remain favorable. As we settle into the Yellow Level for the foreseeable future, it is important that we are aware of any issues or problem areas that may have surfaced from the transition from Orange to Yellow Level, not only so we can address them but to also inform future planning activities and decisions.

Therefore, the OVCR has developed a brief anonymous survey to obtain feedback on your experiences since the transition to Yellow Level, to understand where the challenges are, where procedures need to be adjusted, and where communication needs to be improved. Please note, the OVCR previously sent a Lab Ramp-up Survey back in June to obtain feedback on the Orange Level. Your responses and comments were immensely helpful in identifying areas and processes that needed adjustments. For this survey, we specifically want to learn about your experiences since July 15th during the Yellow Level.

If you are a laboratory researcher (faculty, staff, trainee), I ask that you please complete this anonymous survey so we can determine where to focus our attention.

To complete the survey please visit this link. The survey will be available now through September 4, 2020, and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please contact my Chief of Staff, Johnnie Cartwright ( with questions or issues with the survey.

Jennifer Lodge, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research