Visiting scholars are permitted in university research facilities provided they comply with these guidelines. See below.
- Visitors who are performing specialized services such as repairing equipment or providing training are permitted in university research facilities provided they comply with these guidelines.
- Visitors who are making deliveries should remain outside of labs or other research spaces to the greatest extent possible; buildings housing research facilities should designate spaces to receive deliveries and from which researchers may collect those deliveries.
- Casual visitors and researcher friends and family members are not permitted in university research facilities.
Conditions for Return of Research to Campus
Our actions affect not only ourselves, but our colleagues and the communities in which we live. These guidelines have been designed to protect each researcher individually and also the health and safety of the entire university and of the state. Failure to comply with these guidelines could result in local surges of infection, which may in turn necessitate the ramping down of research within that local department or building.
- Wear face coverings whenever inside a university building or other research facility, except when alone in a private office. See the “Face Coverings” paragraphs in the Administrative Functions portion of this document.
- Maintain 6-foot physical separation between all individuals. In the rare cases in which this is not possible, those situations should be kept to the shortest time possible.
- Work together to de-densify research facilities to no more than one person per every 150 square feet in the initial phase of repopulation. Steps to achieve this include limiting the number of people permitted in a facility at any one time, working in shifts, and scheduling shared facilities and equipment. Sometimes a density of no more than one person per every 150 square feet cannot be maintained. Incidental encounters with other people (e.g. passing in a hallway) are unavoidable, but should be reduced whenever possible, for example, by not sharing passenger elevators and limiting the number of people in restrooms and other common areas.
- Use appropriate protective equipment as required by the specific nature of the research activity.
- Clean research equipment and “high-touch” surfaces in shared spaces. Shared equipment should be cleaned by each user, using appropriate disinfectants provided by the university, both before use begins and after it is completed
- Similarly, researchers should frequently clean “high-touch” surfaces (e.g. door handles, drawer handles, faucets, etc.) in shared spaces. The university will increase regular cleaning of common areas, but not scientific or other specialized equipment.
- Maintain good personal hygiene. This includes washing hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap upon entering and before exiting all buildings regularly throughout the day and, using hand sanitizer when hand-washing facilities are unavailable, and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Ensure symptomatic colleagues stay or return home as soon as symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) develop.
- Comply with the daily symptom check protocol as described in Returning to Rutgers.
- Comply with the university’s policy and applicable law on testing for COVID-19, tracing people who may have been exposed to it, and quarantining people who test positive for COVID-19 or who are likely to have been exposed to it.