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Research and COVID-19

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Swarthmore Research Community Update (May 21, 2021)

The Swarthmore IRB recognizes that many safeguards are now in place, transmission of COVID-19 is better understood, and vaccination levels are increasing. At this time the IRB requests that researchers from the Swarthmore community continue to use remote methods for data collection, such as Zoom, or Qualtrics, whenever possible. However, in consultation with appropriate campus COVID Planning groups and community partners, the IRB will consider requests for resumption of approved, in-person research activities, and new research protocols involving in-person research activities, along with exceptions to Swarthmore’s campus visitor policy for such research purposes, on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that researchers contact us with a short description of their research plans prior to resumption of approved in-person research activities, and/or prior to submission of a new protocol or amendment through IRBManager. Please submit requests for consideration to