News for Researchers

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Updates regarding research activities with the lifting of province’s stay-at-home order

Update for researchers

  • As the Region of Waterloo moves into the COVID-19 Red – Control zone on February 16, 2021, research activities under approved safety plans may resume, including in person research involving human participants.
  • All on-campus research and all off-campus travel for research and field work still requires approval.
  • Requirements for accessing labs on campus outside regular business hours have changed.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Next phase of Return to Research update

Update for faculty

  • Details on next phase of return to research  
  • Updates to the return to on-campus research process 
  • New Personnel in Labs 
  • Safety Plan Compliance and Monitoring 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Reminder: Face coverings are now required on campus

Update for employees and graduate students

Earlier this week, the requirement to wear a face covering in common indoor spaces on campus took effect. 

If you are approved to return to campus, you must wear a face covering in common areas of university buildings. 

After listening to feedback from the campus community and discussing further with medical consultants, we have made some changes to our guidance on face coverings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Phase 2 of our laboratory and research facilities restart plan

Update for researchers

The Office of Research and the Safety Office are actively implementing a phased approach to restarting research on campus. Previously, researchers could request access to continue on-campus research if the research was deemed critical or related to COVID-19. Phase 2 of the Research Restart plan expands criteria for on-campus research activities for those that cannot conduct research remotely or require access to labs or specialized facilities. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Face masks and cleaning kits now available for researchers working on-campus

Update for faculty and researchers

We have approved some researchers to proceed with their work on-campus as part of our phased return to campus plan. To ensure that we welcome you back to campus safely, we have increased sanitization of high touch surface areas and are offering additional supplies to help you stay healthy.

In accordance to Public Health guidance, we recommend that you continue to practice physical distancing, but have cloth face masks available for researchers to use on-campus where maintaining a physical distance of two meters is challenging.