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Below is a summary of key points, as we understand them at this time, from the guidelines for first year graduate students that allow for in-lab rotations issued by the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force. We anticipate additional information from central campus that address uncertainties in the guidelines.
The new guidelines state that “first-year graduate students are permitted to perform research on-site if they are on a GSR or Fellowship to perform essential work on a faculty member’s research (i.e., funded by a faculty member’s grant) that cannot be done remotely and are continuing to perform that essential work or for the necessary in-person activities pursued as part of a lab rotation in support of UCLA’s overall research mission. Each of these statuses would need to be pursuant to an approved ROP and the student may not receive course credit for the in-person lab activities.”
Based on these guidelines, GPB rotation students can continue (or start) in-lab rotations effective immediately if they meet the following criteria:
At this point, any first year student who is already on an approved ROP (regardless of approval date) should be able to continue without any further approval. This might change if there are further instructions on ROPs from central campus.
For any rotation student who is not on an ROP, faculty should submit an updated ROP as soon as possible (following the existing process for ROPs, unless campus sends new instructions). The Docusign ROP form can be accessed here.
The new document does not revise the prior guidelines for students in their second year or later. As a reminder:
With these new guidelines for first year students it is critical that we continue to be vigilant in adhering to safety policies! We strongly advise that all rotation students wear face-shields in addition to face masks. Face shields are available for students from their Home Area director.