COVID-19 Research Resources

Coronavirus Update May 12, 2020: Return To Campus Phase 1 begins May 18

As an R-1 flagship university, research is at the core of LSU’s mission. Under the present COVID-19 threat, all administrative services of ORED will continue for the LSU research community, including via remote operation.

These ORED services include the Offices of Sponsored Programs, Innovation & Technology Commercialization, Research Advancement, and Research Compliance & Integrity, which includes the Institutional Review Board. Further, the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Inter-Institutional Biological and Recombinant DNA Safety Committee (IBRDSC) will remain operational.

Research Continuity

Under the present COVID-19 threat, all administrative services of ORED will continue for the LSU research community, including via remote operation. These ORED services include the Offices of Sponsored Programs, Innovation & Technology Commercialization, Research Administration, and Research Compliance & Integrity, including IRB.

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Inter-Institutional Biological and Recombinant DNA Safety Committee (IBRDSC) will remain operational.

 LSU gives the following guidance for faculty researchers:

  • We encourage continuation of research off-campus if possible
  • Research efforts on-campus should be shutdown, with the exception of research that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic
  • All campus researchers should follow CDC best practices for workplace social distancing and hygiene
  • Personnel in research facilities should be limited to essential personnel ONLY

Required Measures

At present, all federal agencies are accepting proposals and processing awards and modifications as usual.

For proposals requiring biosafety review, the IBRDSC requests submission of proposal documents by March 25 for review at the April 2 meeting. 

Please begin planning for the potential curtailment of research and campus operations if large numbers of employees need to remain off-campus for longer periods of time.

Accordingly, ORED urgently requests that ALL current researchers submit a Research Continuity Plan as soon as possible.

To reduce the potential risk of transmission of the COVID-19, ORED asks that all campus labs and research facilities put in place the following measures:

  • Require all sick personnel to stay home until they no longer have symptoms (at least 24 hours fever-free).

  • Update contact information for essential staff.

  • Have personnel disinfect their laboratory and communal spaces daily. Ensure adequate supplies of disinfectant and hand hygiene products.

  • Have all personnel practice/perform recommended personal hygiene measures, including washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching their face, and covering sneezes and coughs.

  • Practice “social distancing” of lab/research personnel to allow a 6-foot radius. This can be accomplished by having personnel come to the lab in shifts, limiting in-person meetings by connecting remotely (such as Zoom Meeting), etc. 

  • Curtail off-campus visitors (i.e., seminar speakers) and travel to meetings/conferences.

  • When possible, allow lab personnel and support staff to work remotely.

  • Postpone non-essential field work.

  • Review current campus travel guidelines and enforce self-isolation as necessary. Ensure that all lab employees, students, and visitors who have traveled to/from a designated Level 3 country in the last 14 days self-isolate for at least 14 days since the date of departure from the country.

  • Maintain a sufficient inventory of critical supplies that might be impacted by shipping delays.

  • Ensure all high-risk materials and freezers are labeled with emergency contact information (radioactive, biohazards, chemicals) and secured.

Any research personnel who become ill while on campus with flu-like symptoms should notify their LSU supervisor by phone, and contact their primary care physician or the Student Health Center as appropriate, in accordance with the LSU Presidential Directive and PM-13 Supplement.