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Guidance for Students Conducting Research


Recent Messages to Learners
- 5/8: Research Reboot Town Hall for Learners
- 5/1: Provost Addresses the Upcoming Academic Year
- 3/25: Food Pantry Available to SMD Learners

Guidance from UR and URMC provide steps each school within the University should take to help prevent spread of the COVID-19. This guidance mandates that we enable social distancing, but allows each school some leeway to adapt the policy to fit unique academic requirements. Below is information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak response that is specific to SMD Graduate Education Operations. ​Starting Wednesday March 18, 2020, SMD Graduate student courses will be taught online using Zoom.

  • All work related to your studies that can be completed remotely should continue to be completed remotely to keep building and office occupancy to a minimum. In general, students should not return to URMC unless they are engaged in research that requires them to be on campus. Please work with your thesis advisors, program directors, and/or program coordinators to determine how your work relates to the new research guidelines for human subject and laboratory research. This includes all undergraduates, masters and certificate students, and PhD students. Contact GEPA with any questions at (585) 275-4522. For more information, review the Research Reboot Town Hall for Learners. Furthermore, please follow university guidelines in regards to meetings (i.e. use Zoom) and use social distancing and/or proper PPE when performing research responsibilities onsite.
  • Thesis defenses and qualifying exams will continue. However, defenses must be held via Zoom. Programs are encouraged to offer the public portion (if applicable) via Zoom as well. 
  • Though in-person commencement ceremonies were not allowed this year, degrees were conferred online in May. Congratulations, graduates!
  • If you have specific needs or issues because of or exacerbated by the current situation please inform your advisor, program coordinator, and/or program director. GEPA and all University Resources available for assisting students are operating and ready to help, including:
    • CARE Network (support and student concerns)
    • International Services Office (resource for international students)
    • University Counseling Center (Counseling services for students)
    • University Health Service (Questions about illness, quarantines)
    • The University of Rochester Food Pantry is now open to all University of Rochester graduate students and postdocs who are food insecure, may be facing a change in employment status, or are currently in quarantine or isolation.
    • Critical resources can now be obtained through the Student Support Basic Needs Hub, which was created to facilitate the connection of campus and community resources. The hub provides urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, access to academic tools and other critical needs. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid.