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This page contains information ​for faculty and other researchers about UT's and CNS's multi-level approach to increasing research operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of the Vice President for Research announced the move to Research Level 0 on July 5, 2021. There are no workforce density limitations or restrictions on types of research conducted.

Please keep a few things in mind as your labs and research spaces return to full occupancy:
  • You must continue to maintain room and lab sign-in sheets, either digital or printed, for contact tracing purposes.
  • Notify the Occupational Health Program (OHP) if you or someone on your team has symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested for COVID-19.
  • Square footage social distancing is no longer required.
  • Follow campus meeting and event guidelines.
  • Domestic research travel no longer requires exceptions by deans or vice presidents. International travel is still prohibited unless exception is granted. Refer to campus travel guidelines for more information.
  • Masks are optional inside university buildings and outdoors but are still recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated or who have weakened immune systems.
  • As of Tuesday, June 1st, undergraduate researchers are no longer required to submit to proactive community testing (PCT) every two weeks as a condition of working in PIs’ research spaces.



Links and Resources


Policies, best practices, and a checklist for resuming research operations in your lab.


Current Level: 0. Normal, full-capacity research activity has resumed on site.


Answers to frequently asked questions regarding research restart.


template to capture critical information for contact tracing


Visit VPR's Research Restart page for more information and resources.