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Travel for Data Collection

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 below which includes a five day hiatus before returning to campus for any out of state travel as per WVU guidance as May 26, 2020.

The intent of this standard operating procedure (SOP) is to minimize the risk of COVID-19 disease transmission and protect the health and safety of personnel conducting research activities that involve travel. Failure to follow this SOP may result in suspension of that research.

No travel can begin until approved by the department chair (or unit manager) and College Dean (or designee); you should include all planned trips on one request if possible – if exact destinations are unknown, outline in general where the type of trip you are taking will be (e.g., we will travel to the Ohio River located closest to town X and collect samples for 3 days along the river). If there are any required deviations from the SOP, these must be approved by the Research Office.