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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Precautionary Measures - Human Subjects and Animal Subjects Research Activities due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Campus Community,

The following guidance is intended for faculty, staff, and students conducting human subjects and animal subjects research at Chico State. At this time, both the Human Subjects in Research Committee (HSRC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) plan to continue normal operations remotely. We will continue to monitor announcements from federal agencies and provide updated guidance as the public health threat of COVID-19 evolves.

Human Subject Research

Effective today, March 20, 2020, research involving face-to-face interactions with members of the community or Chico State students, staff or faculty as participants is suspended. Online studies and those involving methods other than face-to-face interaction may continue as planned.

When possible, researchers are encouraged to seek alternate methods of data collection (e.g., online interviews). If study teams can work remotely, they are encouraged to do so. In all cases, researchers should consider the potential impact of the COVID-19 situation on their research, abide by guidance from public health agencies, and use their best judgment. If necessary, researchers with active HSRC protocols should submit amendments or extension requests to irb@csuchico.edu. The HSRC will give priority review to urgent modifications intended to protect the safety and welfare of participants. If you have questions about your research, please contact the HSRC office at irb@csuchico.edu.

Animal Subjects Research

Researchers who are actively conducting studies involving vertebrate animals on campus should work with their Department Chair to ensure animal facilities are maintained at a level to ensure animal welfare. Plans should consider appropriate staffing levels, cross-training to cover critical operations, and adequate inventories of essential supplies (e.g., feed, bedding, personal protective equipment, cage wash supplies). In the event that campus facilities are closed, researchers will be expected to enact plans that ensure the continued care and safety of animal subjects.

If necessary, researchers  with active IACUC protocols should submit amendment or extension requests to iacuc@csuchico.edu. The IACUC will give priority review to urgent modifications intended to protect the safety and welfare of animal subjects. If you have questions about your research, please contact the IACUC office at iacuc@csuchico.edu.