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Current Undergraduate Research Operations

Undergraduate Research Policy

Virginia Tech Student Affairs and Office of Emergency Management have put together a 39-page plan for summer and fall operations to guide university officials as they move toward in-person learning during the fall semester. This plan was informed utilizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health, Executive Order 72, and expertise within the university. Because of the dynamic nature of the pandemic and rapidly changing guidance from the CDC, Virginia Tech will continue to adjust university plans, procedures, and protocols as circumstances and federal and state guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve.

Here are some highlights of the plan and current requirements related to undergraduate research during Summer 2021:

Summer Field and On-Campus Research Guidelines

  • All approved research (undergraduate/graduate) may be in person provided all appropriate approvals and protocols are in place.
  • Small research lab groups (10 or less) of fully vaccinated students, staff, and faculty may work together without distancing. Face coverings are recommended for fully vaccinated individuals when working indoors with others.
  • Non-vaccinated individuals and groups where vaccination status is not known or cannot be determined should continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing while working in the laboratory or during field research.

Read the May 18, 2021 VT News article highlighting Summer and Fall operational guidelines.