KU suspends all nonessential research activity, citing COVID-19 concerns
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The University of Kansas on Friday suspended all nonessential research activity at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses amid growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
“We understand that this will significantly disrupt your current projects, but this is an unprecedented situation that requires us and our peer institutions to take this action,” a message from Chancellor Douglas Girod, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer and Vice Chancellor for Research Simon Atkinson said.
Campus research facilities will be locked Friday, the message said.
The restriction takes effect Monday for nonessential research that requires researchers to be on campus.
Essential research activities are defined as those that have to continue to prevent a significant long-term impact on the course of the research. The suspension of research that would only delay the project for the duration of the suspension doesn’t qualify as essential.
For example, the research would be considered essential if it involves:
• Critical, long-term studies that would have to be repeated if interrupted or if time-sensitive data collection were to be impacted.
• Caring for animals or plants housed in facilities.
• Work required to prevent damage to equipment that cannot be shut down temporarily.
KU will reevaluate the status of its research ability every two weeks, but, the message said, “we anticipate these measures could remain in place for an extended time.”
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