LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2021
All in-person human subjects research protocols, under the auspices of UNL, were allowed to resume activities. Research personnel are expected to follow all University policies and guidance or relevant federal guidance regarding performance of in-person research protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, personnel are working to transition back to on campus presence and face-covering requirements have also now been revised. UNL researchers who are working in-person with human subjects should be following the below best practices/requirements:
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing at all times when indoors and on university property.
- While fully vaccinated personnel are not required to wear a facial covering, those involved in human subjects research should ensure they carry a mask with them at all times when meeting with research participants. If personnel are asked to wear a mask, or feel more comfortable wearing a mask, they should do so.
- Children under 12 years of age who are participating in research must wear a mask when indoors on University property. Again, if the individual, fully vaccinated, research personnel are asked, or feel more comfortable wearing a mask, they should do so.
- In addition, personnel who are conducting work with research participants not on University property, must follow all local guidance and requirements at their specific location.
- Please reference the UNL face covering policy: https://covid19.unl.edu/face-covering-policy
- UNL research personnel should also note that Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) is planning to re-open for external research starting in the Fall. IRB applications for LPS are being accepted and will be reviewed in August, per normal timeframes.
This webpage has been developed to provide information to the UNL Human Subjects Research Community regarding COVID-19 related questions as it impacts current UNL IRB operations.
We are continually monitoring any updates from the UNL COVID-19 Task Force. In addition, please ensure you are also reviewing the Office of Research & Economic Development’s COVID-19 research planning website. Overall, Principal Investigators (PIs) should prioritize the health and safety of human subjects when deciding how to move forward with research activities. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator, including faculty advisors for student research, to ensure all necessary changes and/or guidance is known and implemented accordingly to ensure the health and safety of researchers and research subjects.
If there are any questions related specifically to your research and how it impacts your project, please contact the UNL IRB at email@example.com or contact Rachel Wenzl, RCS Associate Director, at 402-472-8196.