David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Andre Le Duc,Chief Resilience Officer and Associate Vice President Safety and Risk Services, sent the following message on March 13, 2020, to the campus research community regarding the second phase of the UO's research continuity efforts:
Dear PIs and members of the research community:
As outlined in the March 11 message from David Conover to the UO research community, we are working to ensure research continuity while also taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
Last week during Phase I of continuity planning, we asked all research groups and units todevelop and upload a continuity plan that identified key needs under different potential scenarios. We want to say a big thank you to the 90+ groups who submitted this information — it has been vital to our ongoing internal preparations. If you have not yet submitted a plan, please do so using the “Phase I” link below.
As the UO response evolves to this dynamic situation, we have begun Phase II of continuity planning. We are requesting additional information to help us maintain research continuity, including identifying your remote access needs (e.g., VPN), purchasing workflow, and emergency contact/access information for personnel. We ask that you complete the following actions no later than Monday, March 16:
You can find additional resources for your planning, especially around HR, in the FAQ section of the UO’s COVID-19 webpage.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding research continuity planning (or anything else), please submit them via the UO COVID-19 web form. The messages will go straight to the IMT, which will ensure they are routed to the appropriate people on campus. A response can be expected within 24-48 hours.
Finally, please take care of yourself and your family. Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and follow other tips for prevention from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest information about COVID-19 is available through county health authorities, the CDC, and World Health Organization, which are linked on the UO’s COVID-19 webpage.
We know that we are asking a lot of our faculty and staff, and realize there are already many demands on your time. We know that by working together with creativity, flexibility and compassion, we can do our best to keep our community safe and healthy.
If you missed the messages that went out to the UO research community on March 4 and March 11, we encourage you to read/review them both:
· Coronavirus Update: Research continuity and activities — March 11, 2020
· COVID-19 Research Continuity Planning — March 4, 2020
David ConoverVice President for Research and Innovation
André Le DucChief Resilience Officer and Associate Vice President Safety and Risk Services