Current status of on-campus research
As of June 1, 2021, the research operational plan (ROP) program UCLA launched with the move to Phase 2 of the ramp-up plan (PDF) is longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field.
Principal investigators can now utilize as many researchers — including staff, postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, volunteers and visiting scholars — as they deem necessary, as long as they continue to comply with all mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Californian Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).
As a reminder, LACDPH has not relaxed its masking requirement, and Cal/OSHA continues to require masking and 6-foot physical distancing in all workplace areas at the present time. It is the responsibility of each PI to ensure that their activities are in compliance with these requirements and that they have articulated safety plans with all personnel on their team.
UCLA Environment, Health and Safety provides safety information for researchers, including guidance on physical distancing, updates on chemical safety, biosafety, high-containment lab operations, and radiation and laser safety.
For those conducting field research, new travel guidance has been issued, but researchers are still required to complete a Field Safety Plan (DOCX) for review and approval by UCLA Environment, Health and Safety.
Students and research
As of June 1, 2021, the research operational plan (ROP) program UCLA launched with the move to Phase 2 of the ramp-up plan (PDF) is no longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field.
As part of this move, personnel density limits and previous restrictions placed on undergraduate student researchers have been lifted.RtC - Fall 2021