Gradually Increasing On-Campus Research-Related Activities at Penn State

Please see the latest guidance on sustaining research operations, posted Sept. 8, here:

On May 19, 2020, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research in consultation with the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine, provided guidance for the gradual and phased increase in on-campus research-related activities. The complete guidance is available in PDF format below.

The Next Step for research unit leaders (deans, chancellors, and institute directors) is to create a prioritized and phased list of research-related activities that are expected to increase on-campus.

  • Unit leaders should work with principal investigators and the unit’s facility coordinator and safety officer to develop a plan with a schedule and a checklist for an organized and phased return to research activities.

Download the complete Return to Research guidance:


This document will be updated regularly, so please check back often. Last Updated: June 10, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST to update the bulleted lists regarding Human Subject Research in Phases 3, 4 and 5.   


For a summary of the process for increasing on-campus research, please watch this 4 minute video: