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Vice Chancellor Wakimoto Shares Communication About Ramping Down Laboratory Research

On March 17, 2020, Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities Roger M. Wakimoto shared a BruinPost regarding the decision to ramp down nonessential campus operations, including research activities, due to the the ever-changing environment of the developing COVID-19 crisis. Please see the UCLA Laboratory Ramp-Down Checklist (PDF) to plan the ramp-down process, noting that not all of the items on the list may apply to your specific lab.

Effective immediately, each principal investigator or group leader of a laboratory research program (experimental, computational or otherwise) must prepare and implement a strategy to ramp down campus laboratory research activities, with the expectation that suspended lab access will likely last at least six to eight weeks. PIs and laboratory leaders should also share your strategies with your department leadership. In addition, be advised that effective March 16, UCLA has issued a temporary policy related to human subjects–related research visits. Specifically, in-person research visits should not be conducted unless the specific research visit provides an immediate benefit to a participant’s health and/or well-being. Please visit UCLA CTSI Research Go and the Office of the Human Research Protection Program website for detailed information about UCLA’s COVID-19 clinical research policy and human subjects research.

For more details, please refer to the BruinPost. Please visit UCLA’s dedicated COVID-19 website and Bruins Safe Online for additional information and contact with research-specific questions.