Guidance on Research Field Work for Fall 2020
Research at field sites may resume in the Fall 2020 semester as long as it is consistent with current travel restrictions, stay-at-home directives, and density and social distancing requirements. Field work has significant variation, ranging from single PI projects focused in the Atlanta metropolitan area to multi-institution projects operating at remote field sites. Field work uses a variety of research methods, with examples including deployment of sophisticated instrumentation, collection of data from human subjects at offsite product testing events, and maintaining networks of sensors.
This guidance is effective Aug 17, 2020 until revised by subsequent guidance.
- We recommend that resumption of field work be prioritized for:
- research with grant and contract deadlines;
- students facing PhD defenses;
- research facing the loss of important data such as continuous time series where critical sampling events may be missed;
- field work requiring significant preparation (including quarantine or isolation, pre-visit testing); and
- logistically complex programs organized by external organizations.
- We recommend that field deployments that can be delayed with minimal impact should not resume at this time.
- Travel must be authorized (http://www.procurement.gatech.edu/travel/article/covid-19-business-travel)
- Any travel by automobile or van must adhere to institute vehicle travel policies for Covid-19 safety. Among these is one occupant per vehicle.
- IRB-approved field work must adhere to IRB field guidelines (https://researchintegrity.gatech.edu/forms/IRB/COVID-19_GT_IRB_Guidelines_for_return.pdf)
- Off-site work must adhere to local and site-specific guidelines
- Posted August 19, 2020