To: The Research Community
By now you are deluged with information and guidance with respect to the COVID-19 epidemic. This notice will help you find resources quickly and understand how you may be affected by evolving University policies. You have received guidance from Vice President for Research Sue Rivera a short while ago, but we wanted you to have local resources and guidance available to you as much as possible. First and foremost, we are taking all possible steps to assure the health and welfare of the community. This is our top priority. To this end, we need you to:
- Accelerate your preparations and efforts to maximize the number of personnel working from home immediately, while maintaining business operations.
- By the end of the week (March 20), make significant reductions in the personnel on-site in your laboratory or unit where possible.
- Not start any major new animal experiments or other long-term experiments where possible.
Your department/unit and supervisor have identified people who can work from home. Dry lab research and administrative support functions are obvious areas where we can convert to at-home work quickly. For wet lab research, consider staggering shifts and minimizing the needed at-work components of your research, wile still maintaining productivity. Many of our wet labs conduct animal research, and Dr. Durfee will be contacting those labs to assure you of continued operations and to prepare any contingency plans necessary. During this time conditions may be less than ideal and may create considerable inconvenience. Please be flexible and work to understand the measures adopted are temporary and necessary to protect the integrity of all animal operations.
To organize the information you need for business continuity, our InfoReady Engagement Hub contains information on school updates, zoom instructions, etc. In addition, you can send emails to SOMcovid19@case.edu for any School of Medicine research and business continuity related questions. My staff will direct your inquiry to the appropriate department to provide you with further guidance.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Mark Chance, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Research
Research Administration houses several offices:
- Office of Research Support
- Office of Translation and Innovation
- Office of Grants and Contracts
- Office of Space and Facilities Planning
Our mission is to manage and facilitate efficient conduct of research for faculty, students and staff by providing administrative support for all research endeavors in the School of Medicine. Research Administration provides guidance and stewardship for researchers while ensuring compliance with federal, University, and private sponsor regulations, terms, and conditions. Additionally, the Office serves as the SOM central resource for coordination of limited external funding. We are here to help investigators at the School of Medicine conduct world-class research.