Protocol for approval of critical or time sensitive research (COVID-19)

Given the rapidly-evolving situation with the current COVID-19 pandemic and in our continuing efforts to contain it, the University is adapting to research that needs to continue. The Office of the Vice-President, Research (OVPR) is requesting that all non-essential critical research or non-time sensitive research begin scaling down activities appropriately by Friday, March 27 at 5:00 PM.

Critical research includes COVID-19 research, time-sensitive critical projects or laboratory activities that if disrupted, would result in serious loss of research data, material or equipment. Those laboratories will be allowed to pursue their activities, under strict hygiene precautions and by practicing social distancing.

Therefore, laboratories who believe they fit the category of critical or time-sensitive research can request an exemption by filling the Derogation Request to Continue Critical or Time Sensitive Research form (PDF, 126 KB), by first seeking approval of the Chair of the Department and Vice-Dean, Research or Dean of their Faculty. Requests will be forwarded through the Dean’s Office to the Office of the Vice-President, Research at: Please send requests no later than Tuesday, March 24 at 5:00 PM. 

The Vice-President, Research will then determine whether these requests are approved.

The OVPR also encourages those who can continue their research off-campus to do so if it is safe and by assigning appropriate work to trainees and research personnel.

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