For researchers

As Memorial and the world continues through the COVID-19 pandemic, we thank all members of our university community for their continued co-operation.

Please continue to follow the messages issued via Newsline to the Memorial community.

Based on staff returning to campus, and the changes in public health measures, the following measures will be effective Feb. 28, 2022, for research activities under the auspices of Memorial:

(1) In addition to critical COVID-19 research and essential clinical trials, low-risk research involving face-to-face interactions with research participants may also be carried out subject to normal ethics approvals. Low-risk research requires that the researchers and the research participants maintain, at all times, a minimum of two-meters physical distancing and wear three-ply masks. Where the research cannot meet this requirement, researchers must co-ordinate with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at health.safety@mun.ca to determine what additional control measures are required for their specific research activities.

(2) Domestic travel for purposes of research is permitted subject to normal travel request approvals (see the General Travel Policy). In the case of travel into Indigenous communities, researchers must continue to respect and adhere to travel protocols set out by Indigenous governments, regions and communities. Researchers have a responsibility to find out what the travel restrictions and protocols are, and to contact the relevant individual(s) or group(s) for further information and, if applicable, permissions. Researchers are asked to keep in mind that these restrictions and protocols may change over time and that due diligence is important. As researchers seek to connect with Indigenous partners, please be sensitive to the workload placed on them. It is imperative that researchers respect the time, efforts and capacity of Indigenous partners. Contact information for Indigenous governments and groups in Newfoundland and Labrador can be found here.

(3) International travel for purposes of research is permitted subject to the guidelines outlined in Memorial’s Travel Outside of Canada Policy. Uncertainty remains around international travel and while Memorial no longer requires students, staff and faculty to book fully refundable travel, proof of appropriate travel cancellation insurance for those who make non-refundable purchases is required.

Researchers are required to complete the pre-departure session available through the Internationalization Office. The Travel Registry Form, available here, must also be completed prior to travel. Researchers must also follow the General Travel Policy, ensuring their unit head is aware of their travel.

The risks associated with international travel are still high, given the high incidence of the Omicron variant, and necessary precautions must be taken. This includes reviewing potential restrictions on incoming travel at your destination and reviewing travel insurance documentation for COVID-19 related updates. For employees, travel insurance is covered by SSQ Travel Health Insurance.

Individuals with scenario-specific questions related to the resumption of international travel can contact international@mun.ca.

(4) Other on-campus research that does not involve face-to-face interactions with research participants may continue subject to researchers abiding by Memorial’s current COVID-19 control measures (e.g. three-ply masks, handwashing, physical distancing). An occupancy density of 52 sq. ft. per person may be used for research spaces.

For researchers on the St. John’s Campus, three-ply disposable and N95 masks will be stocked in department offices in faculties and schools and throughout campus for those who may forget or misplace their mask. Units are encouraged to stock disposable masks if a member of the community requires one and these can be requested through the Strategic Procurement Office at opencalls@mun.ca.

Researchers at Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute Campus should contact their research offices for additional information regarding research activities based from those campuses. For questions related to research pertaining to Labrador and the Labrador Campus, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, interim dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, (ashlee.cunsolo@mun.ca) can provide guidance.

Researchers should monitor Memorial’s COVID-19 webpage for updates and check for relevant COVID-19 information, notices and updates on unit specific webpages.

Vice-president (research) portfolio

Marine Institute and Grenfell Campus

Researchers can also contact the Marine Institute’s Office of Research and Development and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at Grenfell Campus.

Research ethics

Research ethics information related to the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR), the Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board (GC-REB) and the Health Research Ethics Board are posted on their respective websites.

Indigenous research

Indigenous communities across the province may follow a different scheduling for research opening and Memorial University will follow recommendations from the Miawpukek (Conne River) First Nation, Qalipu First Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation, NunatuKavut Community Council and any other Indigenous governing body or community regarding research implicating Indigenous groups. In the case of research impacting Indigenous groups, please contact Indigenousresearch@mun.ca. In all cases where research impacts on Indigenous groups, the permission from the appropriate Indigenous group is a condition of approval to undertake or resume research. In the case of research pertaining to Labrador, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, interim dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, (ashlee.cunsolo@mun.ca) can provide guidance. In the case of all other research impacting Indigenous groups, please contact Indigenousresearch@mun.ca.

Library information

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Contact

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