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Return to Research Process Polices

Yes, it does. We recommend undergraduate mentors are present when undergraduate researchers are in the lab.

Time slots are allocated to a specific PI. PIs will have a PI-only slot that does not count against the capacity calculations. 

The goal of the capacity restrictions is to allow appropriate space for stringent social distancing measures. These should be applied while in all spaces. When scheduling time on campus using Lab Resources Scheduler, a 30-minute time buffer is automatically applied before and after a reservation. Time cannot be reserved over a time buffer. Further information about specific space size restrictions is found on our Wiki page

Yes, it can be configured that way. Please reach out to research@utdallas.edu after both PIs have completed their elections and personnel have received training to have permissions configured for both groups. 

It will be up to the PI(s) to coordinate on shared spaces – if needed, we can configure the scheduler to help with this on a case-by-case basis. Please note that capacity is based on the percentage of personnel per PI that can be on campus at once. Social distancing measures apply to all spaces regardless of sizeFurther information about specific space size restrictions is found on our Wiki page. 

Use of common spaces and public restrooms is allowed. However, all standard safety precautions will apply, in addition to stringent social distancing and sanitization practices

As the capacity restrictions are general and per-PI, the same tools and resources can be used.  

All standard safety precautions will apply, in addition to stringent social distancing and sanitization practices. Training is available to all that submit for this access. Further questions can be directed to safety@utdallas.edu  

No, return to on-campus research activity is not required.

Yes. It is strongly encouraged in all instances to continue remote work where possible.

As part of our continuing safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, UT Dallas offers proactive testing to lab members participating in on-campus research activities.  All personnel working on campus more than 2 times per week are strongly encouraged to participate in the weekly testing program.

As part of our continuing safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, UT Dallas offers proactive testing to lab members participating in on-campus research activities.  All personnel working on campus more than 2 times per week are strongly encouraged to participate in the weekly testing program.

No – lab members are not required to participate and may opt-out.

No – there is no cost to the lab member. UT Dallas covers the cost of testing.

It is a self-administered nasal swab PCR test kit provided by UTSW which does not require the swab to be inserted deep into the nasal cavity.

  • Testing on the Richardson Campus is conducted inside the Blackstone LaunchPad space on the first floor of Parking Structure 3 (PS3) building. All public health protection precautions will be required, including social distancing, face coverings, and hand hygiene. Testing sites are also established at our Dallas campus locations – individuals in these locations will be directed to their testing site once enrolled in the program.
  • The testing process takes only a few minutes as long as lab members report to their designated location on the scheduled date and time.

No

If you have tested positive in the past 90 days, you will not be included in the program.



Health & Safety

  • Departments/PI’s can request hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and face coverings from the UTD Facilities Management Department, via the online Supply Request Form.
  • UTD will not supply hand coverings/gloves for personnel use. This type of PPE must be selected based on a task-specific hazard determination, and obtaining appropriate PPE is the responsibility of the PI. 

The Office of Student Accessibility has a limited supply of ClearMask face coverings available for faculty/student use to support individuals who may require this type of accommodation. Email studentaccess@utdallas.edu for assistance.

Masks or face coverings must be worn by members of the campus community when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms).

Employees who are unable to wear a face-covering in accordance with the policy should contact the C19 Coordinator in Human Resources (HR) at C19resource@utdallas.edu. Students who are unable to wear a face-covering in accordance with the policy should contact the Dean of Students Office (DOS) at DOS@utdallas.edu. Individuals will be provided guidance by HR or the DOS regarding the process for submitting an exception request.

  • Personnel elected to return to campus will be required to monitor their own temperature and certify via daily health check.
  • Individuals who are receiving the Daily Health Check are required to complete it each day. No exceptions! Please protect yourself and your fellow Comets! Complete the daily health check survey received by email. You may elect to receive text messages as well. To update your daily health check communication preference, fill out the health check form.

This will be up to the lab. 


IRB

IRB applications can be modified beforehand. Please reach out to IRB@utdallas.edu for questions. 

Yes, please visit our Wiki for further information. Additionally, REDCap templates have been configured to track human subject health as related to COVID-19.


Research in-person with Participants

At this time, all faculty and staff returning to campus can be tested.

UT Dallas faculty and staff who return to campus must be tested once a week for every week they intend to be on campus, however unvaccinated HSR Personnel* can elect to test two times every week they intend to meet with participants in-person.

No, UT Dallas is covering the cost.

  • BrainHealth Imaging Center (BPI 1.2C1), Callier – Dallas
  • Main Campus (Blackstone Launchpad located in Parking Structure 3 on the north side of campus)
  • BrainHealth Imaging Center (BPI 1.2C1) Monday 8:30AM-11:00AM and 2:00PM-3:30PM.
  • Main Campus (AD 2.216) Wednesday 8:00AM-11:00AM and 2:00PM-3:00PM.

No, HSR personnel must wait to receive a negative result via email before meeting with participants. A negative test result is valid for 1 week following the test day. Therefore, if an HSR Personnel was tested on Monday and received their negative result on Tuesday at 2:00 pm, they could start running participant Tuesday starting at 2:01 pm through Sunday.  A new test would be needed on the following Monday with a negative test result to continue running participants.

Results will typically be available within 12 – 24 hours of testing but can take up to 36 hours depending on volume.

HSR Personnel who test positive should NOT meet with participants or come to campus. An individual from the COVID-19 Coordinator’s office will call the HSR Personnel who tested positive and work with them to develop next-steps. Please refer to the Positive Results section for more information on the Returning to Campus Research Activities

After HSR Personnel has completed all required actions (including a period of quarantine) and is able to return to campus, they must receive a negative test result for COVID-19 before interacting with participants in person.

Yes.

No, however, they must still follow Return to Research Process guidelines and schedule campus time.

Yes. Any UT Dallas investigator who will conduct in-person interactions with research participants will need to participate in the COVID-19 testing program.

No. At this time, testing for research participants is not available.

Until a lab is able to re-establish a PPE supply line, the Office of Research has a limited supply of PPE it can offer. To inquire about availability, please contact: Tyler.Tornblom@utdallas.edu

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