COVID-19 Research Facility Guidance

Syracuse University research facilities should comply with masking restrictions as designated by COVID Level. Visit the University Stay Safe webpage for more information on our status.

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.

***Updated July 16, 2021

The return to face-to-face research documents ARE required when:

    • Social distancing and masking cannot be maintained with unvaccinated individuals.
    • A researcher will travel internationally to conduct in-person research.

The return to face-to-face research documents are NOT required when:

      • The research will only be conducted with vaccinated individuals.
        • Researchers should ask for proof of vaccination and document the date of last vaccination in their research records. If the participant does not provide proof, the researcher should follow procedures for unvaccinated individuals.
      • Unvaccinated individuals will wear masks and follow a social distancing plan. 

For more information, please see the full Resuming Face-to-Face Human Participant Research Guidance.

As noted in the recent COVID-19 Update: Public Health Protocols for Summer 2022, travel for University purposes initiating on or after May 23 may freely resume, subject to usual approval processes. Therefore, the interim travel safety policy prohibiting non-essential international travel will cease. International travel for University purposes no longer requires completion of an application for Approval for Essential International Research Travel.

Travelers should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for international travelers prior to any travel.

Please be reminded that any student, faculty or staff member who is traveling on University business must register with the University’s travel registry. Questions may be directed to Seth Tucker in the Office of Global Safety and Support at or 315.443.1968.

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.