Campus research activities have currently ramped up from Phase 2 to Phase 3 (as outlined in UCLA’s research ramp-up guidelines).
All principal investigators who intend to initiate or continue research after March 15, 2021 — including laboratory-based research, and research and creative activities in North Campus — must submit a new Phase 3 research operational plan (ROP) listing all personnel and outlining strategies for maintaining a safe environment. Phase 3 ROPs must be approved by the appropriate department chair, dean or dean’s designee. (All Phase 2 ROPs were voided on March 31, 2021, and original ROPs can no longer be amended.)
New Phase 3 requirements for laboratories and studios, research activities, clinical trials, human subjects research, fieldwork, travel, community-based research and the involvement of undergraduate students in research have been outlined in communications from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research on March 15 and April 8.
Students and research: Undergraduate labs and research projects moving into Phase 3 of the research ramp-up must do so in a staged manner. The first stage allows for greater density on formerly constituted research operational plans for graduate students.
At this time, the campus is allowing no more than four undergraduate student researchers to work in person in a lab under a research operational plan. Participating students must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their first day in the lab, engage in twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and complete a symptom-monitoring survey prior to each occasion they come to the lab.
Campus leaders are monitoring health conditions on campus and in Los Angeles County to determine whether it will be necessary to adjust the number of undergraduate researchers in each lab.Research operations