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COVID-19 Spring 2020-Spring 2021

Clinical Trial/Research at the HSC

Recommendations for Health Sciences Center Clinical Research to WVU Health Science Center Clinical Research Investigators and Coordinators from Sally L. Hodder MD, Assoc. Vice President, Clinical and Translational Research, West Virginia University HSC.

WVCTSI Information for Clinical Trial/Research

Update as of 2/3/2021: Additional Recommendations for HSC Clinical Research has been issued via the linked memo below. While this recommendation is specific only to clinical trials and research, we strongly encourage all clinical and non-clinical researchers conducting in-person, human subjects work to evaluate the cost-benefit analysis of conducting on-going studies at this time.

If you would like additional guidance please do not hesitate to reach out to the Research Office (

Additional Recommendations for HSC Clinical Research (February Memo)(PDF)

Non-Clinical Human Subject Research

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for non-clinical, Face-to-Face (in-person) Human Subjects Research with COVID-19 Impacts.

Non-Clinical Human Subject Research

Field Research

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Field Research with COVID-19 Impacts

Field Research SOP

Travel for Data Collection

This policy is only relevant to travel associated with data collection for research and scholarship. See additional university guidance for travel in general. A request to travel for data collection will only be considered if all travelers agree to comply with the terms and conditions which includes a five day hiatus before returning to campus for any out of state travel as per WVU guidance as May 26, 2020.

Travel for Data Collection

Charging Salaries to External Funding Sources (COVID-19)

WVU Policy and Guidance on how to charge salaries can be found on the documents below.

WVU Policy on Charging and Documentation of Personnel Costs on Sponsored Awards (PDF)
Salaries with COVID-19 Guideline (Updated October 2020) (PDF)


As part of the plan to return to research on campus, the Research Office, in conjunction with leadership from each College, have developed a procedure for allowing certain faculty, staff, and students to access laboratories and spaces on campus. The pledges below are for those returning to campus with a willingness to abide by those procedures.

Principal Investigator (Supervisor) Pledge

For Reference Purposes Only (not currently for mandated use)

Printable Signs

Download and print signs for posting guidelines in your building.