Last Updated: 1:30 p.m. on May 26, 2020

Research Re-engagement

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer authorized the limited reopening of laboratory research on May 15, 2020. Research leadership from across the University of Michigan campuses are solidifying dates for when we can safely re-engage research activity through carefully managed waves, in accordance with the governor’s authorization.

Details of the re-engagement can be found on the Office of Research’s website. The re-engagement aligns with Phase One of the College’s planned return to on-campus operations.

Re-engagement will:

  • Include selected, non-COVID19 related bench research
  • Be conducted in waves, with a pilot wave to begin after May 20.
  • Include the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Building and the G. G. Brown Building
  • Be limited to one 8-hour shift daily to minimize complexity

The conditions for opening labs are multi-faceted, and will require:

  • Establishing that safe operations can be conducted under public health requirements for social distancing
  • Determining the critical nature of the research (i.e., prioritization)
  • Limiting the quantity of rooms opened based on their “building group”

Research activities that can be conducted remotely will continue in that mode. Additionally, faculty, postdoc and student offices, computational labs, and other communal spaces will not be opened.

For more information check the Research Operations website.

Restricted Building Access

After May 20, everyone who comes onto campus must now follow new guidelines and safety protocols. Staff, students or faculty members will not be allowed into College buildings without express prior approval and documentation. Those who have already been approved for research re-engagement, COVID19 research or access for safety or mission-critical activities may continue to have access, but they will have to follow additional guidelines and protocols.

A description of the process we will use for those seeking temporary permission to enter campus buildings will be forthcoming. If you need to gain access, please speak with your supervisor to initiate the process.

Those entering a building, must:

  • Have an active, unexpired M-Card for exterior doors, and keys to access interior working spaces
  • Check in and out at the prescribed entrance/exit
  • Wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask yet or don’t like the one you’re currently using, check the CDC’s guide to homemade face coverings
  • Follow all safety and health protocols, including social distancing and health attestations

Purchasing and Orders

No equipment purchased from a grant or purchase order can be delivered to a non-University address.

For purchases of supplies needed to do your work remotely using a Pcard, please talk to your supervisors.

All USPS mail for the college will be forwarded to the Lurie Engineering Center and will be sorted by department. Contact Scott Campbell to coordinate a contactless exchange. If you’ve previously contacted the USPS to stop delivery you can either wait for the stop request to expire or contact the Stadium Avenue USPS branch to resume delivery.

Work Disruption

If you are unable to work remotely, or can only work remotely part-time, contact your supervisor to determine the most appropriate way to complete your timecard. The University Human Resources website has more information, including information about COVID-19 pay.