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WSU Research Coronavirus Guidance

COVID-19: Research Operations at WSU

6/8/2020: WSU GUIDANCE (Version 1.1):  Staged return to on-site research, scholarship, and creative activities.


6/18/2020: Version 1.2: Staged Return to Human Subject Research at Washington State University.



WSU is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19), and has formally activated its system-wide Incident Command System (ICS) team. Please check, which provides regular updates and information about the University’s response.  WSU has also setup a dedicated email account for questions, comments and suggestions at

While we encourage you to review our Q&A page, we recognize that not every concern or question may be addressed, especially those with uniquely individual circumstances. We will continue to provide research related updates through this website and email communications, and take steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Our top priority is the safety and health of the research teams (students, staff and faculty), human and animal participants, and the general public, so please use this page as a guiding principle in regards to all decisions made on continuing research.

3/14/2020: The Office of Research has developed a list of considerations to guide your research preparedness in the context of the evolving COVID-19 situation:

  1. Develop a communication and contingency plan with points of contact that facilitates the dissemination of key information in a timely manner.
  2. Identify critical job functions and positions, and plan for alternative coverage by cross-training staff and faculty.
  3. Ensure remote access to necessary information and familiarize your teams with University approved remote access tools to carry out work at a distance. Systems being utilized for remote access should abide by WSU Executive Policy #14 and are subject to WSU Executive Policy #16.  Please contact your local IT professionals with any questions.
  4. Please continue to follow all University data security policies as outlined in WSU Executive Policy #8 and WSU Executive Policy #37.
  5. Principal investigators should work with their campus, college, and immediate leadership to develop plans in the event a campus is closed. The plan should prioritize safety of all personnel engaged in research, and ensure laboratories and research areas are placed in a safe configuration that is maintainable for an extended period with available custodial/maintenance personnel.
  6. Keep abreast of any changes in funding agency and other changes in deadlines. We are fully expecting ORSO will be able to submit proposals and process awards even if personnel are working remotely. However, if agencies are officially closed, proposals will most likely remain in a queue, pending resumption of agency operations – as has been the case during federal budget-related shutdowns.
    1. Please note: The Office of Research will disseminate available information from our sponsors and can work with PIs to obtain the latest information.
  7. Monitor travel restrictions and use caution in considering travel to a country with restricted access.
  8. Campuses, colleges, and faculty should pass this information on to their students as appropriate.
  9. Please refer to your supervisor, and as necessary your leadership team, with any questions.


Council on Government Relations National Level Information

  1. Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources page
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