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COVID-19 Research Ramp-Up

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School-level and PI-level Research Ramp-Up Plan Guidelines
Campus Access and Wellness Check
Procedure for Visitors to Campus During Phase 2
Physical Distancing
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Reporting Non-Compliance
Research-Specific Guidance
Travel
Guidance Documents and Checklists
Project Restart Research FAQs

 

July 16, 2020: COVID-19 infections are surging in LA County. All members of the USC research community — faculty, staff, students, postdocs, visitors, and all others — are urged to redouble their efforts to maximize safety for all at and around USC. We are all responsible for one another’s safety; research can only continue while everyone observes maximum caution.

 

This site provides guidelines for the safe, cautious, and phased ramp-up of USC research activities during COVID-19. Current Phase: 2A3 (3 stands for 30% capacity) (learn more)

The schools with approved school-level ramp-up plans (see below for details) have been notified, and they are, in turn, notifying the PIs with approved PI/lab/group-level plans (see below for details) about the process for returning to campus.

Researchers returning to campus should schedule deliveries as required.  Additionally, areas returning should also contact mailing services to inform them of how to proceed with internal mail delivery (resume delivery or continue holding for pick up, etc.); the email contact for this is Mail7777@usc.edu  or they can contact the Mailing Services manager Nita Pilate at (213) 821-1238.

 

School-level and PI-level Research Ramp-Up Plan Guidelines

To ramp-up research, each research-active unit/school has:

  1. Developed a school-level plan that observes the guidelines and the provided template, including developing and communicating plans for PPE distribution and research space use (including access permissions and scheduling, occupancy constraints, and disinfecting), for approval as communicated.
  2. Established and following a process by which each research-active PI has a lab/group-level plan that is reviewed at the level of their department and then school, to ensure comprehensive adherence to all the policies and safety practices.

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Campus Access and Wellness Check

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Procedure for Visitors to Campus During Phase 2

  1. All visitors should be called out in each school’s Restart plan and reviewed/approved accordingly.
  2. During Phase 2, any non-USC visitor approved for campus entry should complete this form on a daily basis and file it with the host department. Each visitor will also be required to register and make a building-specific visitor reservation via iVIP.
  3. Full implementation of campus-wide check-in will be operational in Phase 3 and include a version of Trojan Check. Information on that system will follow when ready.
  4. Visiting vendors are required to follow campus health safety procedures. Observed non-compliance should be reported to USC Procurement.

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Physical Distancing

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Reporting Non-Compliance

Any non-compliance to safety policies (physical distancing, facial coverings, PPE, hand washing, etc.) in other researchers observed by an individual (student, postdoc, staff and faculty) may be reported directly to the individual’s PI or the Vice Dean for Research. If an individual prefers to remain anonymous, they may report their concern by calling the USC Help and Hotline at (213) 740-2500 or (800) 348-7454; or by filing a report over the web.

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Travel

Any travel must be part of the individual PI/lab/group-level plans that are approved by the school’s vice dean of research (in some cases also the department-level review and the dean, depending on the school’s process).   Such travel would need to be of critical need, such as required by the funder or relevant to COVID-19 research, etc., in order to qualify for exception status.

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Research-Specific Guidance

Guidance Documents and Checklists

USC COVID-19 Research Ramp-Up Tables
2020 06 04 USC Restart Phase 2 Guidelines – Final
Appendix 1. USC Phases for Campus Return
Appendix 2. Detailed Public Health Guidelines by Phases
Appendix 3A. General Checklist for All Groups
Appendix 3B. Checklist for Resumption of In-Person Academics
Appendix 3C Checklist for Resumption of Research Activities
Appendix 4A. Draft COVID-19 Training Material
Appendix 4B. Sample Staff Screening Questionnaire
Appendix 4C. PPE Risk Matrix Guide Sheet
Appendix 4D. Surgical Mask Use Quick Guide
Appendix 4E. Cloth Face Covering Quick Guide
Appendix 4F. Glove Donning and Doffing Guide Sheet
Appendix 4G. Cleaning Guidelines for Suspected COVID-19 Disease
Appendix 4H. COVID-19 Higher Risk Population USC Phase 2 Guidelines
Appendix 4J. Guidance for USC Instructional Labs

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