The guidance below is effective immediately and supersedes previously published guidance for undergraduate students as researchers and research subjects.

Summary

  • Undergraduate students must still follow relevant self-screening guidelines.
  • Remote is still strongly preferred, but in-person research activities may occur as long as all the WashU public health recommendations and any local restrictions can be followed. 
  • Faculty are responsible for monitoring the students and for ensuring compliance with this guidance.
  • Approval of study/unit-specific monitoring plans is no longer required by the university.

Undergraduates as Researchers (in-person)

  • All undergraduate students can participate in research remotely. These activities might include reading papers, preparing reports, analyzing data, participating in lab meetings, writing code, developing algorithms, or filling out surveys.
  • The PI of the research group is responsible for ensuring that the undergraduate students are adequately trained and are following the safety guidelines.
  • Undergraduate students’ hours no longer need to be factored into the research schedule. Approval of study/unit-specific monitoring plans is no longer required by the university.
  • Undergraduates can engage in laboratory, community-base, and field research for credit or pay.
  • Undergraduates can engage clinical and non-clinical human subjects research for credit or pay, but should not be engaging in activities that require close proximity (within 6 feet) to the research participants.

Undergraduates as research subjects

Undergraduates often participate in research in the role of research subjects as part of their education. As long as the Washington University public health guidelines can be followed during the course of the experiment, undergraduates can participate as an in-person research subjects.