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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 virus. This page will be updated as information becomes available. We are committed to assisting the research community during this time.

Research Operations: We ask that deans pay particular attention to working with department heads, faculty and principal investigators on plans for continuing to conduct research at their schools. As with other areas, decisions on which operations and staff (including trainees) are essential should be made at the unit level, and reflect many complex facets.

Steps for Researchers to Take Immediately

  • Develop a continuity plan​ that includes contingencies for “alternate operations” or “full closure”. 
  • Do not come to work if you are sick.
  • Practice Social distancing – reduce meetings, use videoconferencing, work in shifts, keep 6 ft distances between personnel, work remotely if possible.
  • Enhance cleaning of shared instruments and surfaces (shared phones, shared lab equipment, shared benches, doorknobs). Use a disinfectant that is safe and appropriate for the item.
  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds (Sing “Row row row your boat…”)
  • Ensure remote access to files and data.
  • Practice remote working arrangements as practical.
  • View specific guidance, FAQs, and resources on the topics listed below.

Virtual Town Hall for Researchers

See the Town Hall page for recordings of past town halls.

Contact Johnnie Cartwright, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Chief of Staff ( with additional questions and concerns not covered on this site.

Visit Washington University’s COVID-19 monitoring page for university-wide guidance.