COVID-19 and Research

Office of Research Services Response

The Office of Research Services (ORS) is closely following the COVID-19 outbreak. This page contains information about COVID-19 as it relates to research and sponsored projects. ORS will continue to update this page as new information and resources become available.


Office of Research Services Staffing

During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the Office of Research Services operations will be available and only minimally impacted. The physical office on campus is closed, but all staff members are working remotely. If you need assistance, contact us via or direct email. Staff contact information can be found here:


What if COVID-19 is impacting your research?

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to change rapidly, we realize that the current situation may cause hardship to your research. Please connect with the Office of Research Services via to coordinate outreach to sponsoring agencies.


How does this affect Human Subjects Research protocols?

Given the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and the real or perceived risk of exposure, the risk/benefit ratio for research participation must be reassessed for each protocol. Ethical principals of research and federal regulations for the protection of human research participants require an acceptable risk/benefit ratio. Study procedures involving in-person contact with participants in risk areas or participant travel for research purposes within risk areas must be paused, effective immediately or as soon as can be implemented. Procedures such as telephone contact, monitoring or remote data collection if part of such studies may continue. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Karen Larwin at