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Coronavirus and your research program

Guidance for On-Campus Research and Creative Expression Activities

Status update for on-campus research labs, studios and field activities 

Since Autumn 2020, all types of research and creative expression activities are permitted to be held on campus with permission from academic college, provided that appropriate health and safety measures are followed, including physical distancing, wearing masks and appropriate hand hygiene. These measures and other university guidance can be found on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

FAQ’s Research and Creative Expression Activities

Can researchers hold in-person group meetings?

Refer to the university updated guidelines to hold in-person programming.

Can researchers travel to conduct research or attend meetings off campus?

Visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for the latest information on travel. For additional information, please also see Travel FAQs issued by the Office of Business and Finance.

Can I require everyone in my research group to get vaccinated?

The university requires everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccination. For additional information please visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeye website. To schedule a vaccination, please visit on the Wexner Medical Center website.

If all people inside our research lab or studio are vaccinated are masks required?

All faculty, staff and students are required to wear masks in research labs, studios, classrooms and other shared indoor spaces. These include common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses and shared vehicles on all Ohio State campuses.

Where can I find more information if I have questions about restarting my human subjects research?

The Office of Responsible Research Practices offers guidance and FAQs for restarting human subjects-related research.

I have a concern about safety protocols not being followed. Who can I contact if I have a concern about safety?

The most direct route for addressing concerns is to contact your supervisor, department chair, or college office. However, we recognize that is sometimes not feasible. The Office of Research has developed a web-based tool to report research-related concerns around non-compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. Any concerns reported through this tool will be sent directly to the Office of Research for review. To report a concern please visit

Where can I find additional information about the university’s response to COVID-19 and returning to campus?

Safe and Healthy Buckeyes provides the latest information about the university-wide approach to returning to campus. 

A faculty-led Research Recovery Committee, provided guidance to develop the Research Recovery Plan for Staged Reopening as part of the overall university plan.