NOTE: The Human Subjects Research Safety Review Committe has suspended the requirement of submitting a safety plan, as reviews are no longer required.

For studies involving face-to-face encounters, the research team under the responsibility of the principal investigator will agree to comply with the following safety measures:

  1. Masking of the researcher(s) during a face-to-face encounter
  2. Cleansing of any surface and/or equipment utilized before and after a subject encounter
  3. The Biosafety Officer ( will be notified if obtaining saliva, nasal, sputum or stools samples to ensure safe collection, handling, and processing plan is in place
  4. Suggest addressing the current health of the subject before commencing face-to-face research via questions below:
    1. Have you or anyone in your household tested positive or had a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, recent loss of taste or smell, tiredness or fatigue, or muscle aches? If yes, the monitor will not be allowed on campus.
    2. Have you recently traveled to an area with a widespread outbreak or had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, MERs-CoV or Ebola?
    3. Have you traveled outside of the country within the past month? If so, where did you travel and when did you return?
    4. Have you had a recent SARS-COV-2 antibody test or nasal swab and if so when and what were the results?

Please contact Katie Penas with any questions regarding these changes.