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This message was sent to the Rockefeller community from the Office of the Executive Vice President on March 22, 2020 at 3:22 p.m.
Subject: Guidance for Rockefeller COVID-19 labs
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This communication is being distributed to HOLs with COVID-19 research programs that have been approved by the university president, as well as members of their lab groups that have been identified as working on those COVID-19 programs.

Dear Rockefeller colleagues,

Your initiatives and research efforts aimed at the diagnosis, treatment and cure for COVID-19 are truly inspirational, and we want to be sure everyone involved has clear guidance for the conduct and support of this important work. Please read the attached document for details.

It is imperative to minimize the number of personnel in the lab at any given time. COVID-19 Research Personnel may conduct only activities related to specifically approved COVID-19 research projects. Activities in support of these projects that can be conducted remotely, e.g., use of computers for data-driven analytics, social-behavior studies that can be conducted by audio/video conferencing, and literature review, should be done remotely. COVID-19 research activities that require physical experimentation must be conducted in appropriate university laboratory facilities in accordance with this guidance.

Following the guidance in the attached document and minimizing the number of people on campus not only helps to prevent spread of infection but also allows those personnel still working full-time on campus to focus on the most essential activities and protect the entire university community, our facilities and key research materials. 

HOLs must please notify of changes in their COVID-19 Research Personnel over the course of the projects.

Thank you so much for your amazing efforts and dedication to Rockefeller’s mission of science for the benefit of humanity! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and/or Amy Wilkerson directly or send an email to



Timothy P. O’Connor
Executive Vice President
The Rockefeller University