Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects (OSSP)

COVID-19 Information

The Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects Office (OSSP) is fully operational and staff are working remotely. We are compiling information related to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on faculty and students' research and scholarship, guidance from funding agencies, and alternatives to in-person human subjects research to continue to support Pacific's faculty and student researchers. Please direct inquiries to ossp@pacificu.edu.

 

Temporary halt to in-person human subjects research during COVID-19 outbreak: All non-critical and non-essential human subjects research that is conducted in-person is suspended until further notice. In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic and public health directives, this temporary policy is implemented to protect our participants, researchers, students, and the larger community from the risk of infection. Please see Pacific's IRB website for information and resources. 

 

Research Resumption Planning Guide: The State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued directions for the resumption of certain critical, essential, and time sensitive research activities at Oregon’s colleges and universities during the coronavirus pandemic and under current public health orders. Faculty, researchers, lab managers, and project staff may develop a plan for a staged return to research projects and labs. 

Researchers must submit a research resumption plan to their chair, director, and dean, and the COVID-19 Preparedness Team for approval prior to resuming research. Those returning to campus must also follow the HR Return to Campus Guidelines for Faculty and Staff (HR Return to Campus Guidelines). 

This document provides guidance in developing a research resumption plan, as public health and university directives allow. Research resumption plans must clearly address multiple issues, including physical distancing, personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Additional issues may also need to be included to protect the health and safety of faculty, students, staff, research participants, and the Pacific community. (You can find a Word version of the planning questions here.)

At this time, a research resumption plan should focus on moving from a ramp-down status, or Phase 0, to a Phase 1 status. Phase 1 may allow critical, essential, and time-sensitive research to occur on campus with the fewest number of people as possible, upon approval of the research resumption plan, and with continued use of telework.

To the extent possible, studies involving human subjects should be done remotely (e.g., online communications, online Qualtrics surveys, phone interviews), as approved by the IRB. In-person research with vulnerable populations at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is not permitted in Phase 1, per the HECC guidance. Research resumption plans involving interactions with non-vulnerable human subjects must consider the risk to the subjects and the community, as well as that of the researcher, students, and to others on campus. IRB approval is required prior to submitting a research resumption plan for approval.

 

Essential and Critical Research: For one-time  access to campus research facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency to engage in essential and critical research and scholarship, please complete this access request form (Box folder) and send to your School dean/director and OSSP (ossp@pacificu.edu). 

 

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Contact Us

Ann Barr-Gillespie, PhD, DPT | Vice Provost for Research
barr-gillespie@pacificu.edu

Jo Isgrigg, PhD | Director, Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects
jisgrigg@pacificu.edu

Breanna Hugon, MA | Research Integrity and Compliance Officer
breanna.grove@pacificu.edu

D. Chad Johnson | Area Health Education Center Regional Center Director
chadj@pacificu.edu 

Dianne Brown | Administrative Assistant
Dianne.brown@pacificu.edu

Research Integrity Officer (for Reporting Research Misconduct) | researchintegrityofficer@pacificu.edu

Institutional Review Board | irb@pacificu.edu

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee | iacuc@pacificu.edu

Institutional Biosafety Committee | ibc@pacificu.edu

Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects | ossp@pacificu.edu