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In labs/centers that have several rooms, how do we associate students and time buffers per room?
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.
If there are multiple groups sharing the same room/lab space, will we still be required to keep the number of researchers in the lab to 2 per PI?
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 25% is not room capacity, but percentage of personnel per PI that can be on campus at once, and that social distancing measures apply to all spaces regardless of size. Further information about specific space size restrictions is found on our Wiki page.
Are time slots allocated to the PI or to a specific room?
Time slots are allocated to a specific PI. PIs will have a PI-only slot that does not count against the capacity calculations.
What about use of restrooms or other shared areas of the buildings? Also, will the common areas outside the labs i.e. conference room, break rooms, etc. be restricted?
The common areas will be restricted (with the exception of restrooms) until we have rolled out the broader return to campus plans. We need to limit occupancy until we have the resources necessary to ensure those areas are safe - e.g. cleaning supplies and custodial services.
How will these arrangements be applied to off-campus research facilities, e.g. CBH and CVL?
As the capacity restrictions are general and per-PI, the same tools and resources can be used.
What precautions or restrictions will apply in the laboratory environment?
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 email@example.com
I have a small lab that only a single student ever uses. Is using that space still subject to the 25% of all my students working at any one time?
The calculation for a group will be 25% rounded down, or 1, whichever is greater. In this instance, they would have 1 slot per the 1 personnel.
Does the definition of Personnel include UTD students?
It does. We do not recommend that undergraduate personnel return to campus at this time.
When will the Returning to Research e-learning safety training for research personnel begin/become available?
It will be available when the intake form is made live. Broad campus availability for the intake form will be available on May 26, 2020.
Can you please elaborate on testing?
Research personnel will be required to complete daily health surveys as part of compliance with on-campus activities. This information will be used to identify any potential health risks. These mandatory surveys will be received via email and compliance will be monitored by university officials.
Will that IRB application be available as early as lab re-opening?
IRB applications can be modified beforehand. Please reach out to IRB@utdallas.edu for questions.
If studies are being moved online, will there will be guidelines on how to revise IRB protocols?
Yes, please visit our Wiki for further information. Additionally, REDCap templates have been configured to track human subject health as related to COVID-19.
Is there a way for researchers to know a time when less people will be on campus in order to accommodate human subjects research with vulnerable populations?
We are working on this.
Regarding contact tracing:
Every individual must maintain and regularly update a list of substantive and known face-to-face contacts that they have had during the preceding two weeks (i.e., lab members they interact with on a daily basis, human subjects they came in contact with during study procedures, etc.). In the case of a coronavirus infection, this list should be made available to university personnel or community health officials.
As more robust contact tracing solutions become available, additional information will be provided to the UT Dallas community. Utilizing these resources will be strongly encouraged as they will be a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.
Does the reservation system allow for coordinating between faculty sharing the same research space?
Yes - it can be configured that way. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org after both PIs have completed their elections and personnel have received training to have permissions configured for both groups.
Can we have temperature sensors to be used at the lab level?
This will be up to the lab.
Will UTD be able to supply people with hand sanitizers, wipes, disinfectant, masks, gloves?
We are trying to acquire PPE supplies centrally and allow returning personnel to request masks and other supplies from a central supply, however, a lot of these supplies are on backorder.
The first line of defense against virus transmission is distance. If that is not possible, then appropriate PPE should be worn. Please consult with email@example.com
Will we have clear masks available for participants and personnel with hearing loss?
We are looking into this and intend on supplying these for those who need them.