Undergraduates play a critical role in research at Indiana University and research, in turn, plays a vital role in the professional lives of many undergraduates. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to conducting on-campus research generally and to the inclusion of undergraduates in on-campus research.
In the Research Restart Guidelines issued in June 2020, the Laboratory Research Restart Committee announced two principles concerning undergraduates in on-campus research:
- No student—graduate or undergraduate—should be required or pressured to participate in on-campus research during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- During the summer, undergraduates generally will not be permitted to participate in on-campus research. Exceptions may be approved by campus research leadership or the Vice President for Research in the unusual case in which an undergraduate’s participation is critical to the success of the research or the research is critical to their progress towards their degree, the student’s home is in the vicinity of the research facility, and the student wishes to continue participating in research and can do so in compliance with these guidelines.
With the summer now ending and the fall semester nearing its start, the Committee has adopted these guidelines for all undergraduates participating in on-campus research, whether paid, for credit, or on a volunteer basis.