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Vice Chancellor Roger M. Wakimoto Announces Plans for Resuming UCLA Research Activities

On May 26, 2020, Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities Roger M. Wakimoto shared a BruinPost regarding UCLA's decision to ramp-up research activities. 

At the end of April, Vice Chancellor Wakimoto convened a committee of representatives from north and south campus to develop guidance for a phased resumption of UCLA research activities to ready the campus when conditions in Los Angeles County support such a return. The committee developed a comprehensive set of guidelines (PDF) that will enable research to resume as soon as possible while emphasizing the health and safety of faculty, staff and students. The resulting guidelines outline policies and requirements for ramping up research at UCLA, including:

  • An overview of the ramp-up process.
  • Health and safety guidelines.
  • Appendices describing requirements for different types of research.
  • A template for research operational plans (PDF) that must be submitted and approved prior to the resumption of on-campus activities.

In the first phase of reopening, the campus is prioritizing research that cannot be performed remotely and that allows UCLA to maintain the campus’s personnel density at 10% to 25% of our normal figure at any given time. For more details, please refer to the BruinPost. Visit the UCLA Research Ramp-up website, which provides consolidated information about the phased resumption of on-campus research and field work.

UCLA’s Physical Distancing Working Group is developing signage and guidelines to aid in effective distancing; if you have any questions, email Nurit Katz, operations section chief for the Emergency Operations Center at If you have questions about ordering personal protective equipment for research, email Alyssa Leiva in the EH&S Research Emergency PPE Store at Questions about the ramp-up plan should be sent to Please also visit UCLA’s dedicated COVID-19 website and Bruins Safe Online for additional information.