COVID-19 Research Facility Guidance

***Updated June 9, 2021 – travel for research-related conferences is allowable.

As noted in guidance released May 20, 2021, fully vaccinated members of our campus community (students, faculty and staff) do not need to wear a mask or social distance while indoors on campus. Unvaccinated members of our campus community (students, faculty and staff) should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing indoors. Research labs and other research space may operate at full capacity, assuming adherence to masking and distancing policies.

Human Subjects Research

  • The Office of Research Integrity and Protections/Institutional Review Board, in collaboration with the Office of Research, has developed Resuming Face-to-Face Human Participant Research Guidance.
  • This document incorporates state, local and institutional policies regarding COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for in-person participant research taking place on campus, in the community, in the United States and internationally.
  • Additional updates based on the guidance released May 20, 2021 will be forthcoming.

Syracuse University is allowing travel deemed essential to an academic or business purpose of the University.

For faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, essential travel is defined as travel required to:

  • preserve the safety of a research subject and cannot be postponed; or
  • preserve the continuity and results of a research activity and cannot be postponed.

As of April 2021, undergraduate students are permitted to travel for essential research purposes.

As of June 2021, travel for research-related conferences is allowable.

For the purposes of this guidance, researchers who are traveling more than 100 miles from Syracuse, NY within the context of their research responsibilities are considered to be on Syracuse University Travel. Please see the Syracuse University Travel Safety Policy for more guidance.

Faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars and students with questions about whether specific proposed travel is essential, or those seeking approval to engage in essential travel, should confer first with their department chairs.

Submit your application for Approval for Essential Research Travel, allowing at least 5 business days for such approvals.

Once approved, research travel by a faculty member, researcher, postdoctoral scholar or student must be registered on the University travel registry system prior to the commencement of the trip. Researchers must apply for approval and register for each unique trip, even if the trips are repeated at regular intervals.

If a research trip involves Human Subject Research, travelers must have completed a Return to Face-to-Face Research Form before requested travel approval.

Updated April 27, 2021: As noted by Chancellor Syverud in his notice to the Syracuse University Community, as of June 1, Syracuse University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff who access campus over the summer months. In accordance with this policy, the University will require that this vaccination policy will immediately apply to those submitting requests for Essential Research Travel. 

Updated June 15, 2021: In accordance with the current guidance from the CDC, vaccinations that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use will be accepted as proof of vaccination at this time. As of June 1, 2021, the WHO has approved Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac and the Serum Institute of India vaccines. See the Stay Safe web site for updates.

Essential Research Travel Guidance

Visiting Scholars Guidance

As part of the numerous health and safety precation efforts undertaken by Syracuse University since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, University researchers and administrators seeking to host a visiting scholar must complete a Visiting Scholar Request. Visiting scholars are those who are coming to Syracuse University campus from outside of the Central New York region for the purpose of long-term academic research, and will remain on campus for longer than one week. Please visit the Visiting Scholar Request Guidance webpage for more information.

Service Provider, Vendor and Visitor Access to Campus

All visitors to campus (i.e., campus tour groups, other short-term visitors) must adhere to the policy above while inside buildings on campus.

Essential Research Travel FAQs

After you return to Syracuse following travel, researchers must follow any state guidance on quarantining before coming back to the university campus.