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Communications from Western Research Last Updated: September 18, 2020

Communications from Granting Agencies Last Updated: September 14, 2020

FAQ Last Updated: September 23, 2020

The University has begun a four-phased approach to research recovery. The safety of our community is paramount and we must remain flexible and prepared to return to an essential services model should external or internal circumstances change.

Public health and provincial government guidelines will determine our actions and timing for shifting phases and Deans, in partnership with Human Resources and Facilities Management, will dictate the schedule of return and activities in each phase.

If you do not need to be on campus, please continue to work off-site.

To help ensure a smooth transition, we ask that you:

  • Wear non-medical face masks/face coverings in the presence of others and in common and shared spaces on campus.

  • Refrain from initiating any new research studies involving animal models. For specific information, please visit the ACC site on OWL (AUP PIs only, password required).

  • Recognize that new protocol submissions for animal-based research can still be submitted to the ACC and will be reviewed following regular procedures. Initiation of any newly approved AUPs must not commence until a future date, which will be communicated.

  • Refrain from initiating any new human participant research studies that do not adhere to public health guidance related to social distancing.

  • Recognize that new REB applications for human participant research can be submitted and will be reviewed following regular procedures. Researchers should not conduct research activities involving face-to-face interactions until social distancing is no longer a requirement.

  • Ensure you, your staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have the necessary tools, materials and data to continue work at home where possible to do so.

  • Consider, as appropriate, alternate ways of conducting research (e.g., using telephone/ Zoom instead of in-person interviews) so long as doing so does not affect the project’s scientific merit or integrity.
  • Ensure research activities are conducted safely and in accordance with applicable public health recommendations and best practices. 

  • Stay informed of information provided on Western’s COVID-19 information pageand disseminate all relevant information to appropriate research staff. 

  • Reduce the risk of exposure by following public health precautions provided by the Middlesex-London Health Unit.  

As information becomes available, we will communicate it here, through Western Research’s website and by email.

We will continue to review and update the following FAQ as necessary to provide the latest information for minimizing impact on Western’s research operations. If you have additional questions after reviewing these FAQ, please email