Yes, New York State allowed universities to restart research activities on June 10,
2020, contingent on implementation of an approved plan for a phased return. The University’s
plan was approved and implemented prior to restarting research.
Stony Brook is currently in
Research Phase 4 . This allows 60-80% of the research workforce to be present in a lab or research
space at any given time, subject to requirements for social distancing and use of
face coverings. Updates can be found at the
Restarting Research webpage.
Current guidelines require labs to establish and maintain social distancing (minimum
six feet of separation) and use of face coverings/masks. All research personnel returning
to campus or off-site locations are required to self-perform daily health screenings
Campus Clear app and must have taken returning to the workplace training.
The same principles and guidelines for safeguarding researchers in the lab settings
apply to field research. Current guidelines require daily health screening, social
distancing (minimum six feet of separation), and use of face coverings/masks. A full
description of required procedures and safeguards can be found here. In addition,
some field activities present special circumstances that may require additional safeguards,
and should be addressed by the principal investigator or faculty advisor.
Research personnel who do not feel comfortable returning to work should not be pressured
to do so. Individuals with such concerns may discuss them with their PI, another
departmental contact, or with Human Resources (
firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Graduate School (
For the duration of the Spring 2021 semester, it is strongly encouraged that participation
by undergraduate students in research be limited to remote means. In rare instances,
if a principal investigator considers that in-person participation by an undergrad
is essential, they should provide justification in their Lab Operating Plan. After
consulting with their Dean, a Chair has the authority to approve such a request.
Starting in Summer 2021, restrictions for in-person participation in research labs
and in field activities will be relaxed for undergraduates and for high school students
under appropriate circumstances.
Further guidance is provided here.