As we begin the 2021-2022 academic year, we are looking at something sort of but not exactly like that we experienced in August of 2019 or 2020. Time will tell if it is some compromise between these two beginnings or something completely different. But, and let me emphasize this, what has not changed is ORC’s commitment to continuing our goal of being a supportive, committed, and sound collaborator with the IU research community. While how we go about this collaboration may be different than in the past years, our commitment to working together to achieve the highest ethical standards and best practices remains constant.
While we never considered it to become the norm, prior to March 2020 many of the ORC staff already worked some to mostly remotely and a few of the compliance committees met virtually. As everyone is well aware, after March all staff worked entirely remotely and all committee meetings went virtual. As we approach the new academic year, ORC office structure and operations can best be characterized as fully hybrid
- Some will work entirely remotely except when required to be in the office
- Some will regularly split their work week between remote and on site
- Some will regularly be working in the office
- Committee Meetings
- Some will remain virtual
- Some will return to in-person – everyone sharing the same space (seems like such an exotic practice now)
But regardless of how we carry out this mission, our commitment to you – researchers, research subjects, auxiliary staff – remains the same: to join you in the conduct of research that meets the highest professional standards of integrity and scientific soundness. We are looking forward to beginning this new academic year together.
This message is from John R. Baumann, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research Compliance