The Government of Ontario has announced that effective February 10th, the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region will return to the (revised) COVID-19 Response Framework, at the Green-Prevent level of restrictions.
IMPORTANT: The COVID-19 response framework encourages Ontarians to avoid travelling between zones (for example, from Grey-Lockdown to any other zone, Red-Control to Orange-Restrict or Yellow-Protect to Green-Prevent), except for essential reasons. Please visit the University’s COVID-19 Information site for details on travel and isolation requirements for students, faculty and staff retraining to the region.
As previously communicated, the Continuity of Research Protocol will inform our decisions related to research activity. Given that much of the Province (and other jurisdictions nationally and internationally) remains at a higher response level, field research and in-person human participant research activities need to be limited to the KFL&A region (both in location and in those participating) and requests for new activity approved by the central Research Response Team via your Faculty Associate Dean of Research.
To summarize, effective February 10th, the following is being implemented:
On-Site Research Activity
- Any previously approved on-site research activity in KFL&A only, may resume
- New requests for on-site research activity will be reviewed and approved at the Faculty level (contact your Associate Dean of Research)
- At this time, there are no changes to the building/room capacity constraints currently in place
Field Research Activity
- Any previously approved field research activity in KFL&A only may resume
- New requests for field research activity will be reviewed and approved by the central Research Response Team via your Associate Dean of Research
- All field research activity outside KFL&A remains suspended
In-Person Human Participant Research
- Any previously approved in-person human participant research activity taking place in KFL&A only, and involving participants from KFL&A only, may resume
- In-Person research involving human participants from outside KFL&A continues to be suspended with the following exceptions:
- COVID-19 Research
- Study involves in-person research where the participant is receiving a service that would be delivered/received regardless of the research (e.g., medical treatment)
- Researchers currently in other regions or countries conducting approved in-person research, may continue, as long as they follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures
- Contact your Associate Dean of Research should you be unclear whether your human participant study can continue
- New requests for in-person human participant research will be reviewed and approved by the central Research Response Team via your Associate Dean of Research
Animal Care Facilities
- University Veterinarian will follow-up with additional information to relevant Principal Investigators on Animal Facility operations.
Hospital Based Research
- Hospital based research will follow Kingston Health Sciences Centre/Providence Care guidelines and requirements
Should you have any questions, your first point of contact is your relevant Associate Dean of Research:
- Faculty of Arts and Science: Nick Mosey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Faculty of Education: Theodore Christou (email@example.com)
- Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Amir Fam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Faculty of Health Sciences: Steven Smith (email@example.com)
- Faculty of Law: John Karton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Smith School of Business: Yolande Chan (email@example.com)