Office for Research Protections: COVID-19 Information


ORP and HSPO Resources

With the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the ORP has created the following resources to aid researchers:

ORP and HSPO Remain Open Virtually 

At this time, the Office for Research Protections and the Human Subjects Protection Office at the College of the Medicine is open virtually and fully operational. Staff are working remotely and our committees are also meeting remotely; as such, please do not plan to visit the office in-person. For ORP, please call 814-865-1775 or email For HSPO, please call 717-531-5687 or email

Although working remotely, all staff will be working daily and are available via phone and email. Office staff are also happy to arrange Zoom meetings or conference calls with researchers as needed. Our website will remain the best source of information during this time; please plan to check back often: 

Should circumstances change, we will update our website accordingly.

All Education and SARI Events to be Offered Remotely 

In the coming weeks, all ORP education offerings, including SARI events, will be offered remotely via Zoom.SARI events will NOT be in-person. Attend any SARI event at its regularly scheduled time via this Zoom meeting link.

All CATS IRB and CATS IACUC Zoom trainings will operate as usual. The IRB Protocol training on March 20th will now be moved to Zoom. Those who have already registered have been contacted about the change.

Please visit our education website for details about other events.

Updated March 13, 2020