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Stages of Research Restart

Boise State Stage 1 – Conducting Critical Research Under a Stay-At-Home Order

COOP Critical 1 and some Critical 2

A stay-home order requires employees to stay home unless deemed “essential”. The university has provided guidance on Essential Services along with additional guidance regarding Critical Research. Critical research is that which, if halted, delayed, or interrupted, could result in:

  • Endangerment to human subjects or pose unreasonable risk to human subjects
  • Endangerment to animal subjects or pose unreasonable risk to animal subjects
  • Loss of experiments or data and or data currently under collection that will be impossible to replicate; and/or reproduce
  • Loss of instrumentation, infrastructure, and/or an unsafe/unsecured laboratory environment or other catastrophic loss

Groups must limit critical research activities (COOP Critical 1 and some Critical 2) as much as possible utilizing the least number of people to conduct the work safely while ensuring that All Stages criteria can be met.

CURRENT STAGE: Boise State Stage 2 and 3 – Research Restart

  • COOP Critical 1 & 2 activities
  • Consistent/fixed work groups with a focus around a project or leader (e.g. faculty)
  • COOP improvement – expand, refine, build upon
  • Pilot approach to restart – methodical, measured, iterative
  • Adhere to All Stages criteria

Once the stay-at-home order is lifted and the university decides to begin returning to normal operations, the university must do so in a controlled, gradual fashion. Research groups may continue performing critical research and begin to perform additional research identified as Critical 2 in their COOP assuming the All Stages criteria can be met. Groups need to take a methodical, measured, and iterative approach to restarting activities to ensure the personnel, facility/site, equipment and consumable needs can be met. Each research group’s restart will be unique based upon their research, needs, and comfort-level of personnel. Research activities must be limited to work groups that remain consistent/fixed as much as possible to minimize contact with others and may require scheduling or shifts to accomplish. Groups should continue to minimize laboratory activities and perform computer-related activities off campus as much as possible. Group meetings and discussions should continue to take place via phone or video conference. Each group should begin expanding and refining their COOP to adequately reflect their work activities and plans to expand research activities in future stages.

Boise State Stage 4 and 5 – Research Lift Off

  • COOP Critical 1, 2 & 3
  • Add new research activities
  • Overlap of work groups – methodical, measured, iterative
  • Adhere to All Stages criteria

Research groups may begin to perform additional research identified as Critical 3 in their COOP and incorporate new activities assuming the All Stages criteria can be met. Groups will likely gain more of a comfort level operating under these restrictions but must remain vigilant. Work groups may begin overlapping personnel and activities in a methodical, measured, and iterative manner. Groups should continue to perform computer-related activities off campus when possible and may begin to perform activities in office-type settings assuming the All Stages criteria can be met. Group meetings and discussions should continue to take place via phone or video conference.

Boise State Stage 6 – Research New Normal

Normal research activities may resume assuming the All Stages criteria can be met until a vaccine is widely available in combination with widespread testing and contact tracing.