TO: NYU Researchers

FROM: Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost of Research

DATE: July 17, 2020

Dear NYU Researchers,

Thank you all for your cooperation and support for our research expansion over this past month. I’m happy to report that — as a result of our collective success — we have now entered Phase 3 of our research reconstitution plans, which will enable us to further expand the scope of our research work. The guidelines for Research Phase 3 have been updated to reflect CDC and state guidelines, with maximum lab occupancy at 50-60%.

What does Phase 3 of our research reconstitution enable us to do?

  • We can now have undergraduate researchers in laboratories for work or research purposes, though State guidelines still indicate that undergraduates cannot enter labs for instructional purposes until the State reaches Phase 4.
  • We have begun to review requests for human subjects research onsite, which should be submitted here.
  • New research may now be initiated (that is unrelated to COVID-19 or other areas deemed “essential”).
  • Additional buildings have opened (including 627 Broadway, 325 Gold St, Chan House and the Forbes building).

In order to keep us on track, we need to keep up the good work. Please continue to wear an appropriate face covering and maintain physical distancing as much as possible to ensure continued success. Researchers should not gather to eat or socialize and your time in NYU buildings should be limited to the minimum required to complete onsite research.

NYU has developed a comprehensive website about the current return to campus and the Fall semester. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the information there, particularly the section on Research.

Thank you again for your continued vigilance and effort to keep research going at NYU. This division has served as a valuable example of how to return to work while simultaneously protecting the health of our community — one that we will draw upon when we resume operations in the Fall.

Best,
Stacie Bloom