CLEVELAND, Ohio — About 20 Cleveland State University research scientists will return to the laboratory on May 30, along with post-doctoral and graduate students.
This is this first phase of a multi-step plan to “repopulate” campus, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Jianping Zhu wrote to the campus community on Wednesday.
Undergraduates are not allowed back in the labs yet.
“As Cleveland’s only urban public research university, CSU’s commitment to research is central to our role as an anchor and beacon institution for Northeast Ohio,” Zhu wrote. “This initial reopening of our research labs, in a carefully planned manner and with safety and health foremost, sets us on a path to continue that commitment.”
Labs, where researchers work closely together with shared equipment, pose a challenge to the social distancing requirement necessary to prevent transmission.Researchers will need to wear face masks and follow social distancing, hand washing and surface cleaning protocol.
Zhu also wrote that the university is working to stabilize research funding as the labs reopen. Research projects at public universities often depend on federal grants and adhere to specific timelines.
The pandemic’s affect on in-person research at university could heavily impact those projects.
“We are working with our legislative team, elected officials and grant funders to explore avenues to help ensure grant continuation and renewal, as well as other options to compensate for lost resources from the pandemic and ensure continuity and completion of current research projects,” Zhu wrote.C.