The Research Excellence and Graduate Education Recovery Tactical Team created a Phased Recovery Plan to guide on-campus research activities.
On-campus research activities and doctoral training opportunities resumed June 1st with these parameters in place to safeguard the UTSA community.
On-campus laboratories are currently open with research activities ongoing. Guidelines for those working in laboratories have been put in place, including social distancing, safety and disinfection protocols, and compliance training that adhere to local, state and federal protocols and recommendations.
COVID-19 Research & Faculty Experts
Several UTSA faculty are conducting innovative research on topics related to COVID-19, and we have a dedicated page to showcase their research expertise to the media and other stakeholders. If you are conducting pandemic related research and would like to be added to this page, contact Sarah Hada.
Mandatory Compliance Training
All faculty, staff and students were required to complete the mandatory compliance training as developed this summer in accordance with all recommended and required guidelines.
Laboratory Disinfecting Protocols
Cleaning and disinfecting shared research spaces and surfaces to slow the spread of coronavirus related illness is a communal responsibility. Current protocols were adapted from EPA and CDC guidelines. Additional guidance on laboratory disinfection >>
Doctoral Education and Research
Following strict guidelines, on-campus research activities and doctoral training opportunities resumed June 1 and graduate students resumed research activities this fall. Principal investigators and lab managers continue to be responsible for making accommodations as needed.
Undergraduate Research Activities
Undergraduates supported by federally funded projects may participate in research activities during the fall semester. Others will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the respective dean and the AVP for Research Integrity with consideration given to public health. Principal investigators and lab managers are responsible for making accommodations as needed.
In case of an emergency (fire, injury, immediate danger), contact UTSA PD at 210-458-4911. For other elevated safety concerns relating to research, contact Laboratory Safety Division and Facilities. See the list of emergency contacts >>
COVID-19 Related Complaint Procedures
Guidelines have been established to address COVID-19 related concerns as they are reported to UTSA. All concerns are referred to the appropriate university office to review the incident for determination of how to properly address the situation. The Office of Institutional Compliance & Risk Services (OICRS) has established an electronic database to compile reported concerns, which can be used for administrative or other purposes deemed appropriate by university leadership.