As the campus reopens to research, the Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes there may at times be a compelling case for meeting with collaborators from outside the university in-person and on campus. In those cases, as in all on-campus interactions, the health and safety of everyone remains a top priority. With that in mind, faculty and staff whose ramp-up plans have been approved and who feel that meeting collaborators on campus is essential to their work, should adhere to the following guidelines:
- In person collaborations from people outside of the university should be deemed a demonstrably essential part of a PI’s research efforts, and not related to training and education.
- The health and safety of all parties involved should be considered; any visiting collaborators with COVID-19 symptoms—including fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit/37.8 degrees Celsius; cough; shortness of breath, etc.—should not come to campus under any circumstances (for a more expansive list of health conditions that require people to stay home, visit the Health & Safety section of this site).
- PIs should seek permission requesting on campus collaborator visits as part of their ramp-up plan, which will be reviewed by their collegiate Associate Deans for Research in consultation with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the campus Critical Incident Management Team.
- Collaborators visiting campus, like all University of Iowa staff, will be held to the same health and safety guidelines established by the OVPR and CIMT to protect themselves and their colleges while on campus, including wearing face protection and practicing social distancing.