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Suspension of On-Campus Research

Statement Regarding Suspension of UMass Lowell On-Campus Research in Response to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state advisories from the Governor, UMass Lowell went through a two-stage reduction of on-campus research. On March 14, the university asked all researchers to move as much research to remote work as possible and required requests for approval to continue limited on-campus research which met requirements of urgency, necessity, and safety. On March 19, researchers were notified to start implementing their lab continuity plans to meet the goal of putting all on-campus research in suspension after March 27, which was subsequently shifted to March 24 to meet the intent of the Governor’s March 23 advisory.

At this time, only: (1) critical lab maintenance activities for safety and care of animals and sensitive instruments; and (2) limited research and development on campus that is specifically COVID-19 responsive and consistent with the Governor’s advisory are approved to continue.

Hence, while remote research continues actively, any research requiring access to on-campus facilities will see significant delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the recognition of these challenges by all of our sponsors and collaborators and their support in adjusting expectations of deliverables and timelines accordingly. Our hope is by limiting interactions now, we can reduce COVID-19 exposures and progress more quickly toward the future restoration of our on-campus research activities.

For information regarding the status of research projects or activities that may be continuing remotely at this time, please contact the project director or principal investigator directly.

Julie Chen,
Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development