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Restrictions Relaxed on Research Operations

By Maryland Today Staff

Following the university’s recent announcement that it is lifting COVID-19 campus restrictions to align with federal, state and county public health guidelines, the Division of Research today announced the following changes in UMD research operations:

Campus Research Not Involving Human Subjects: Research may resume at 100% occupancy with no physical distancing requirements. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask while in laboratories, studios and other research spaces if no human subjects are involved. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor laboratories, studios and other research spaces.

Community-based Research: The current ban on research in community settings will be relaxed, effective immediately, and community-based research is allowed to resume. Researchers must follow all guidelines set by the collaborating entity (e.g., nursing home, school, community center, etc.). A letter from the collaborating entity is required stating that University of Maryland researchers are permitted to conduct studies in their facilities.

Clinical Research and Other Campus Research Involving Human Subjects: Researchers must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, unless they are alone in their work space. There is no density requirement, but researchers should practice physical distancing where possible. In addition, human-subject research participants must wear masks during research visits/appointments when possible.

“As COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline and the rate of vaccination continues to increase, we are pleased to move a step closer toward normal operations,” said Laurie E. Locascio, vice president for research.

Should you have further questions, contact the Division of Research at

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