CECS Research Lab Reopening Plans

The CECS Research Lab Committee (RLC) hosted a virtual Town Hall webinar to share information with faculty regarding plans and required procedures for the reopening of research labs in CECS.

The Town Hall (video and presentation links below) took place on Friday, June 5. Topics covered included:

  • An overview of the process for the development, review, and approval of CECS lab plans
  • The detailed process used to prioritize labs and the waves for reopening
  • The logistics, infrastructure, and protocols that are required for researchers returning to their labs

There was also a question and answer session at the conclusion of the presentation. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is included at the bottom of this page and will be updated periodically.

Other resources you may find useful:

Use the buttons below to access forms to apply for approval to conduct field research and to provide reporting on field research activities.

Step 1:  Complete the COVID-19: Working Safely at UM Training (State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-114).

Step 2: Determine if you need one-time access or M-Card access

One-Time Campus Access

  • When to Use: Faculty, staff, and students who only need to be on campus for a short period of time (typically less than 1 hour) on a single day (e.g. to pick up items from an office) should follow the One-Time Campus Access Process.
  • Approvals Required:
    • Confirmation of completion of the COVID-19: Working Safely at UM Training.
    • Supervisor approval of the campus access.

MCard Campus Access (e.g. Campus Ramp-Up Access)

  • When to Use: Faculty, staff, and students who require multiple visits or an extended one-day (>1 hour) visit to campus (e.g. to record lectures) should follow the Campus Ramp-Up Access Process.
  • Approvals Required:
    • Confirmation of completion of the COVID-19: Working Safely at UM Training.
    • Written Dean/Vice Provost approval of the campus access.
    • Explanation of why the work cannot be performed remotely.
    • Confirm you have the new M-Card with a small key in the front right corner.

Step 3:  Submit the request to your Department Access Coordinator (DAC).  This can be done two ways, either via:

  1. Submitting a request form using the link below
  2. Direct e-mail to Eric Kirk (erk@umich.edu) or Christine Homan (homanchr@umich.edu). 


Step 4:  You will be notified if your Department approves, or not. If your Department approves, they will forward the request to DPS for One Time Campus Access or to Facilities Operations for MCard Access.

Step 5:  You will be notified if the request is approved and processed by DPS/Facilities Operations, or not. 

Do not come to campus until you have been sent an email approval.

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