Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Please note that statements on Research Facility Start-Up and Requests for On-Site Access and requests regarding Field Research Activities were posted on April 23, 2020.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Guidance for Researchers

March 20, 2020

With this fluid situation please bookmark and visit this site for regular updates on the impacts to Queen’s research. The website aims to provide clarity and direction to support the continuation of the research mission.

At this time, the continuation of any research must first and foremost be guided by the important and necessary requirement for social distancing and the health and safety of the research community. Limiting the speed of the spread and impact on our health care sector, and other guidance provided by public health agencies, must be the most important priority for all of us.

It is also important to recognise that we are facing a situation that is likely to last some time. We need to be thinking about the restart and longer-term continuation of research programs with the assumption that COVID-19 remains an ongoing public health risk. Not undermining the vitality of the University is on all of our minds at this critical time.

A few key points:

  • Updates will be available on this site to assist faculty, students, staff and administrators engaged in research make decisions about how the current situation will impact their research.
  • Given how quickly this situation is evolving, researchers need to be prepared to delay, scale back, or stop research activities.
  • Those who are able to continue their research off-campus should continue.
  • Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences need to consult the Faculty of Health Sciences requirements given that the Faculty is engaged in healthcare provisions and is linked to area hospitals.
  • Researchers from other Faculties are also encouraged to consult the research advice provided their Faculty (hyperlinks provided at left) 

The status of lab operations has been discussed at the Faculty level. Decisions taken to operate research in labs, maintain certain aspects of lab operations, or undertake a lab closure, must be reported to the relevant Dean. The Vice-Principal (Research) and Environmental Health and Safety have asked Faculties to provide a summary on the status of lab operations by noon on Wednesday, March 25th.

We appreciate that the fluidity of the current situation makes for significant difficulties in planning research activities. For those of you who have questions or seek assistance, please contact research@queensu.ca. University updates will continue to be posted at https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/.