Important Updates on Research Continuity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Instructions for Laboratories



As the campus resumes activity, all members of the University community will be expected to adopt new precautions, developed by our working groups, as a minimum requirement for returning to campus:

Universal face coverings: Everyone is expected to wear a face covering over the nose and the mouth at all times while in University buildings, and on the campus grounds when others are present.

Social distancing: Limiting contact among people on campus is critical. While on campus, you should remain at least 6 feet away from others. When walking in corridors and entries where you must pass someone close than 6 feet away, move with purpose. The University has begun to post signs to facilitate social distancing, including specifying the number of people allowed in a particular area at one time.

Self-monitoring: Anyone coming to campus is expected to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any symptoms over the past 24 hours, including: cough, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Anyone with symptoms should not go to their University destination and should consult their healthcare provider and inform their supervisor. Any employee or student who is experiencing symptoms can contact the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 triage hotline for screening, at 773.702.2800.

COVID-19 Reporting: Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for at least 10 days AND must be symptom-free for an additional 72 hours before returning to work. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and has been in a University owned or operated facility must contact so that the health and safety of others in our facilities can be addressed.

Additionally, any COVID-19 safety-related incidents or concerns are to be reported at the University Accident/Incident Report System (UCAIR).

Training: Anyone returning to campus (faculty, other academic appointees, staff and students) will be required to complete a short training program in advance. Individuals will be required to sign an electronic form affirming that they will comply with safety precautions, including reporting of positive cases, and that they will self-monitor for symptoms related to COVID-19. Additionally, everyone is required to pass the corresponding quiz with a 70% or better, and sign an attestation. There are 2 trainings available, please take only the one that pertains to you:

  1. COVID-19: General Safety Training (for administrative and other non-laboratory personnel)
  2. COVID-19: Controlled Resumption of Research Activities (for research/laboratory personnel)

Travel: The University is continuing the suspension of university-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice. The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission.