Framework for Decision-Making for On-Site Research Conduct During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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UCSF is following these guiding principles for conduct of on-site research

  • Ensuring UCSF's ability to care for the sick in our hospitals
  • Protecting the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, visitors and the general public
  • Reducing social, emotional, and economic disruption in our community

The UCSF Office of Research developed a framework to support decisions regarding research reopening and density

  • The framework relies on indicators and metrics to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and UCSF's resources and risks
  • The framework will guide Office of Research leadership in developing recommendations for policy changes that increase or decrease the amount of research
  • Developed in collaboration with several critical partners, including EH&S, OHS, Supply Chain Management, UCSF Health, Emergency/Recovery Operations
  • The framework key indicators are:
  1. A low and stable local prevalence of COVID-19 infection
  2. The ability to protect UCSF and the community through testing, contact tracing, quarantining and supporting community members
  3. The ability of UCSF and regional hospitals to handle surges in COVID-19 cases
  4. Adequate infrastructure to safely support on-site research personnel and activities, and enable physical distancing

Office of Research’s approach applying the framework to support decisions





For additional background, refer to the Office of Research Town Hall describing the framework and decision making process.