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Phase 2 Research

Section 1

July 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you, I have been watching the rise in COVID-19 cases in Orange County with great concern. It has brought home the need to be extra vigilant in observing the highest levels of precautions to reduce the risk of SARS-COV-2 transmission.

As you know, we did a tremendous amount of planning and review as we transitioned to limited level of on-campus research and implemented Phase 2 of research increase. As I have mentioned before, I believe we did an excellent job throughout this process. i regard moving to Phase 2 research as a privilege to our research community since dangers of COVID-19 pandemic continue and even grow around us.

I write this message today to urge you to reemphasize to your groups and colleagues the need to fully uphold the standard operating procedures and expectations we laid down during Phase 2 approval processes. I know that EH&S has been doing spot checks and they have found a very good level of adherence to these standard operating procedures. While that is reassuring, I do want all of us to be mindful of the deteriorating situation in Orange County and therefore to redouble our commitment to heath of all our students, staff and faculty. This is truly a community health issue and everyone's full cooperation is absolutely necessary.

I thank you in advance for your leadership and commitment to appropriate conduct of research in Phase 2. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you become aware of any situations that require my attention.

Sincerely,

Pramod P. Khargonekar