Summer Research Reopening

New CASHP Health & Safety Requirements for Resuming Research in SEH

Consistent with the University’s phased reopening process beginning June 8th, 2020, the Anthropology Department has reopened its CASHP Science and Engineering Hall laboratory facilities for research activities deemed essential by faculty lab directors and research advisors. You will find the Department’s requirements for resuming SEH research activities and the full plan for a safe reopening below.

 

 

To resume your research activities in SEH, you'll need to follow 3 requirements:

1. Check in with your Lab PI or research advisor to make sure you know the safety plan that is specific to your laboratory work.

2. Complete this SEH Re-entry Agreement.

3. Reserve any and all SEH visits and lab work on the CASHP Self-service Lab Reservation Calendar (instructions shared via email).

 


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FAQ


You are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention from your healthcare provider. As in all cases when you are experiencing symptoms of a contagious illness, you should not report to workPlease be advised you are not required to disclose your health condition and/or provide medical documentation directly to your supervisor.

If you believe you or someone you know may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have if you received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis based on clinical or serological tests, please disclose your condition to Health and Emergency Management Safety by completing this contact tracing form. Once you submit, GW's Contact Tracing Team will reach out to you.

No, research and lab activities that can be conducted remotely at this time should continue to be conducted remotely. Research meetings must continue to be held virtually.

Researchers, lab staff, and graduate students who have received approval from their research advisors have permission to resume research activities in SEH at this time.

No, at this time GW is prioritizing research activities that require access to a physical location versus those can be accomplished remotely.  Check in with your research advisor to determine whether you can and should be on campus.

Yes, bring your GWorld card. You will need it to tap into SEH.

When you return to campus, you can expect to see informational signs with safety guidelines in many buildings, elevators and offices. These guidelines may include additional safety measures beyond what is generally expected on campus. To protect yourself and others, please comply with all posted safety guidelines.

Common areas: Right now, it's best to refrain from congregating in common areas. You should only be on campus to complete research functions that require a specific physical location or lab.

Elevators: You can expect to see signs that suggest no more than 2 people travel in an elevator at any given time. Look out for updates on this policy as fall approaches and buildings become busier.

Yes, GW has a system in place to notify everyone if and when new COVID-19 cases emerge, while also protecting the privacy of individuals. This system depends on open communication and self-reporting. Please be advised you are not required to disclose your health condition and/or provide medical documentation directly to your supervisor.

If you believe you or someone you know may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have if you received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis based on clinical or serological tests, please disclose your condition to Health and Emergency Management Safety by completing this contact tracing form. Once you submit, GW's Contact Tracing Team will reach out to you.

*Please note, for us to be able to quickly respond and report to the GW Contact Tracing Team, we need to keep location and occupancy records. Please help us do this by logging your lab activities on the CASHP schedule, this is required for all individuals conducting work in SEH.

 

 

Yes, you may see and or work alongside others in the lab when you come into SEH, however each lab has a 25% occupancy limit. You will be able to see a daily schedule of lab occupants in advance using the CASHP Lab schedule. Detailed instructions for using this schedule and the occupancy limits for wach lab have been sent to you via email. 

 

You may also see other individuals in adjacent labs and neighboring spaces on the 6th floor. Please factor this into your decision to return to campus.

Yes, we have ordered face coverings, EPA-registered disinfectant wipes, protective barriers and other PPE items for CASHP spaces. As soon as these items become available, we will make them accessible to you.

Phase 1 of ramping-up research activities on campus began Monday, June 8th, 2020. Below is an overview of the planned research reopening phases along with links to more information.

Criteria/Phase Phase 0
Current State
Phase 1
Limited ReOpen
Phase 2
Expanded ReOpen
Phase 3
All Research Program
Date NOW June 8, 2020 TBD, no earlier than June 22 TBD
Personnel Essential 12-25% Density Density based on GW & DC/FED Guidance 100%
Facilities CORE - limited ops CORE - limited capacity and ops All All
Access Essential GWid badges required GWid GWid GWid
Safety Social Distancing, Personal Hygiene, Decontamination, PPE
Safety Violations Reported to Pl or Department Chair
Type of Research
Chemical or Radiogical Hazards With proper approval All
Human Subjects If consistent w/GW, DC/FED Guidelines Restrained if consistent w/GW, DC/FED Guidelines All
Priorities
Priorities University Done by Schools N/A
COVID X X X X
Grad Students   Close to Completion X X
Post Docs   Close to Completion X X
Grant expiring <4 months   X X X
Inflexible Sponsors   X X X
UG Students   Only by exception X

If you have questions about completeing time sensitve grant or degree related research requirements, please contact your research advisor or program director.

If you have questions about safety in department facilities, or plans for summer and fall operation, please contact a member of the administrative staff. To contact a staff member directly, please see information below:

 

Nonnie Mullin, Academic Department Administrative Supervisor

Office Hours: 9AM-5PM | [email protected] | 202-994-6953

 

Maggie Peterson, Academic Department Administrator

Office Hours: 9AM-5PM | [email protected] | 202-994-7745

 

Marli Richmond, Department Lab Coordinator

Office Hours: 7AM-4PM | [email protected] | 202-994-1321