Conducting Research During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Last updated: July 30, 2021)
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The decisions for operating research labs and spaces at UWM during the COVID-19 pandemic are based on guidance from the State of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin System, and UWM Emergency Operations Center, in consultation with UWM University Safety & Assurances (US&A), Campus Health, and Legal Affairs.

Summer 2021 Research Operations

UWM’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has approved the following research guidelines for summer research activity in alignment with the University’s current policies.

  • Effective August 4, masks are required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn in all campus labs, classrooms, and other shared and common spaces. Employees are not required to wear masks when alone in their individual offices.
  • All researchers are required to continue to practice good hygiene and maintain social distancing of at least six feet while working indoors. These requirements also apply to human subjects research. Given the campus social distancing requirements, researchers are still subject to the 15-minute limitation for close or direct contact with research participants.
  • Limits on human subjects research with higher-risk populations are lifted; however, researchers are expected to give special consideration to maintaining social distancing and limiting exposure with these populations.
  • During field research, individuals are required to wear masks when conducting tasks that require interacting with others less than six feet away. If occupying a vehicle to and from the field site, masks must be worn in vehicles when there are two people who are not from the same household.
  • UWM is lifting restrictions on university-sponsored domestic travel as of July 1, 2021. Investigators who need to travel to conduct research should be aware of UWM’s latest travel restrictions and submit travel exemption forms, as required.
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