Who does NOT need to submit a Research Resumption Plan?
• An RRP is not required for research conducted individually and remotely/online, such as writing, data analysis,
literature review or other similar activities.
• Research activities that are a component of a traditional academic course are approved through academic
departments and colleges and do not require an RRP. However, an RRP is required for individual or small group
research courses that are not covered by the previous bullet, such as field or lab-based undergraduate research,
senior thesis, or research independent study.
• Internships do not require an RRP – please follow internship procedures identified by departmental internshi
oordinators and/or the Internship Office/Career Services.
Health and Safety Guidelines
The health and safety of Coastal Carolina University employees and students are of utmost importance. No one can
guarantee complete safety from COVID-19 infections, but if researchers take personal responsibility and follow
recommended health and safety guidelines, we can greatly reduce these risks and provide a safe and healthy working
Participation by CCU students and faculty in University-sponsored research activities is voluntary; research participants for
approved projects will be asked to verify their voluntary participation. University employees whose job requires
participating in research activities, but who have concerns about doing so because of a condition that places them in a CDC-
identified high-risk category, should request an accommodation through Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.
If an RRP is approved, the Principal Investigator/Faculty Member in charge of the research program will be responsible for
enforcing health and safety measures for the research team, including the scheduling and direction of personnel to
maintain social distancing, proper use of personal protective equipment, and proper sanitization of equipment and work
areas. Team leaders must maintain daily logs of participant activities, including hours of work and locations. Research
activities that can be effectively carried out from home should continue to be done from home, and research team
meetings should continue to be virtual whenever possible.
Prior to resuming research activities, team leaders must meet with all members of their research team, either virtually or in
person, to review their RRP and safety protocols. Research team members will be required to complete a self-certification
form and online training for public health practices prior to resumption of research. Some early Phase 1.A. projects may
resume prior to the roll-out of these materials and will receive a similar form and training provided by the College of
Graduate Studies and Research. Research team members will be expected to monitor themselves for symptoms each day
before initiating their activities and should only come to work if they are free of any symptoms related to COVID-19.
Further details will be provided upon RRP approval. You can find additional information regarding CCU COVID-19 guidelines
and recommendations in the Coastal Comeback Plan.
Research Resumption Plan Approval
Approval of the RRP is required from: (1) the department chair/unit supervisor, (2) the college dean/unit V.P., and (3) the
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The department chair/unit supervisor and college dean/unit V.P. provide the
general academic or administrative approval for the research activity in general. The Dean of Graduate Studies and
Research is responsible for ensuring compliance with COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines as identified in the
Coastal Comeback Plan and may consult with University Counsel and other offices and personnel on campus, as necessary.