Research facilities on the campus of North Carolina Central University are found in the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (JLC-BBRI), the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), and the Mary Townes Science Building.
The following guidelines are from the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and should be used in conjunction with the University-wide plan and specific operating instructions provided by the three individual units and respective building managers.
- Access is permitted for faculty (principal investigators [PIs]), senior research staff and graduate students who are conducting wet lab research that is deemed essential in regard to maintaining ongoing funded projects, COVID-19 research, and research directly related to completing graduate work by December 2020. Federally funded researchers will be given priority. No in-person meetings are allowed.
- Undergraduate students are not allowed into the labs until further guidance is issued.
- Administrative and office work, including data analysis, is only to be done remotely.
- Approved research staff members will sign up for either a morning shift, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or an afternoon shift, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The schedule will be reviewed to maintain safe occupancy levels across the two shifts. An electronic master calendar will be created and shared with all staff.
- Researchers are to be trained in EHS lab and PPE safety methods based on their intended work. EHS personnel will coordinate the training activities.
- Pre-entry procedures must be followed by all researchers, who should bring and wear appropriate PPE, follow entry and exit guidelines, and limit lab entry to persons scheduled during that time.
- Masks must be worn at all times in common areas.
- Researchers using the lab must affirm knowledge of the safety rules governing on-site behaviors and PPE use. Links to safety standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be available for staff to consult as needed.
- Appointments to use small laboratory spaces, such as HTS, Cell Culture, & BSL2, might be separately scheduled and posted outside the lab door.
- Arrive only at scheduled times; late arrival does not extend the time reserved.
- Use the designated entry and exits for each building.
- Badges must be scanned at the exterior entry door and lab doors. If you forget your badge, contact the NCCU police to let you in. Do not follow anyone in or ask anyone else to open the door for you.
- Sanitize your hands upon entering the building.
- Researchers must sign in to the building at the front desk and sign each lab visited via the whiteboards posted outside of laboratory spaces.
- Remain in the approved work area during your scheduled time.
- Lab occupancy protocol that may be specific to each lab or building must be followed.
- Limit occupancy to one person at a time in elevators and one to two people at a time in bathrooms.
- Lab spaces, computers and equipment used must be sanitized before and after each shift.
- Sanitize any cell phone used on site.
- Occupancy of conference and break rooms is limited to one person. No lab coats or gloves are allowed.
- PIs must manage their lab personnel and maintain schedules so that predetermined entry and exit times are met.
- Sign out at the front desk and swipe your key card when leaving through the designated access point for your building.
- If possible, sanitize your hands after exiting the building.
- Failure to abide by the guidelines will result in the immediate loss of access to the buildings.
- PIs must monitor compliance by their lab personnel.
Additional instructions outlined by each building and animal resource complex also must be followed (see below).
BBRI, Ms. Camilla Felton
BRITE, Ms. Ginger Smith
Mary Townes Science Complex, Mr. Richard LaBennett
Designated Building/Unit Authority
BRITE, Dr. Hernan Navarro
Mary Townes Science Complex, Dr. Mohammad W. Ahmed/Dr. LaVerne Reid