Human Subject Research Guidelines During COVID-19
Research participants should be managed remotely whenever possible. If participants require in-person contact, the PI is responsible for providing this service in the safest way possible, based on good clinical practice and optimal social distancing.
- Identify research personnel essential to conducting the research
- Only have those needed to perform a procedure present
- Limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
- Laboratory research should be conducted within this constraint
- Enhanced hygiene and social distancing practices
- Researchers are advised to stay home if they are ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
- Laboratory research staff should continue to follow universal precautions and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e. disposable gloves, laboratory coat/gown, masks, eye protection, etc.)
- Any researcher exposed to anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days
- Data collection that can be done virtually is highly encouraged
- Researchers must follow TTU, State, and Federal Guidelines
- Research must follow the location/entity's guidelines where the research will be conducted. (For example, if a school district is not allowing their administrators, teachers, and/or students to have face-to-face contact then the researcher does not have permission to conduct their research face-to-face in any location.)
- Research participation that is in-person should keep at least six feet apart or have a glass barrier when talking with the research participant
- Pre-Screening Questionnaire (Includes parent/legal guardian accompanying the minor)
- Via telephone
- On arrival
- Encourage participant to wear a mask or provide the participant with a mask on arrival
- Sanitize lab and equipment after participant leaves
- Restrict entrance of unnecessary visitors
- Participant will wait in their car or outside of the building until the researcher notifies them to enter the facilities
- One participant during research visit(s) or participants must remain 6 feet away from each other
- Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
- If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain Social Distancing and staying six feet away from others.