In addition to the above Governing Principles, listed below are the priorities that will be considered in order of relative importance for resumption of research activities on campus or in the field:
- Research related directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Research for which data would be unduly difficult to replace or reproduce if the research activity is not able to be resumed as soon as can be allowed. This includes time-sensitive research continuity activities that cannot be paused for ongoing extended periods due to the potential of losing or disrupting sample protocols, data sequences, disruption of ongoing longitudinal studies, etc.
- Research that is directly related to a student’s program of study for which delay or disruption will cause high probability of incompletion or personal hardship.
- Research and fieldwork that can be undertaken in isolation and/or requiring a minimum of interaction with other individuals.
- Research undertaken by disproportionally affected researchers in accordance with EDI principles.
- Research activity that cannot be adapted or carried out remotely, which involves external partners or funding bodies that have not indicated flexibility under the COVID-19 restricted circumstances, and which have end-dates within 12 months of the request being made.
Research activities that do not fall into any of these priority areas will be considered collectively as the next equal-level priority.