From:       Michael F. Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement
To:           UMass Amherst Faculty, Postdocs and Graduate Students,
                Deans, Directors and Department Chairs, Business Managers
Cc:           Chancellor K. R. Subbaswamy, Provost John J. McCarthy,
                Campus Leadership Council, Faculty Senate Rules Committee,
                Research Council, Chairs of IRB, IACUC, Chemical, Biosafety, and
                Radiation Safety Committees, Research & Engagement Staff
Date:        June 3, 2020
Subject:    Research & Library Operating Plan (RLOP) Form Now Available

We are excited to share that the Research & Library Operating Plan (RLOP) form through Kuali Research is now available. Access the RLOP form directly here (NetID & password required - VPN required for the Building/Space Capacity dashboard linked in the form).

Use the RLOP to submit operational plans for re-starting research or re-occupying other spaces on-campus or in off-campus facilities controlled by UMass Amherst. RLOPs will be proposed by faculty (and other group leads) and approved by departments and schools/colleges in coordination with the Office of Research & Engagement.

For more detailed information, please view our Reopening Research & Libraries PDF from 5/28/20. Please note that the COVID-19 Interim Operating Plan document has been updated to version 1.3 (Word). If you see a previous version when you open the link, please clear your browser’s cache and open it again.

We are offering three workshops: Research and Library Operating Plan (RLOP) Form Walkthrough (Via Zoom). Click a date below to register through Workplace Learning & Development.
Please share this with colleagues and research staff in your area and send questions to our special email address focusing on the reopening:

Further information, including a Reopening Research FAQ, a RLOP Kuali Form Procedure Guide, and a Building/Space Capacity dashboard will be available on our COVID-19 Resources & Guidance site.

Thank you very much for working through this process to reopen safely and sustainably at this difficult time.


Michael F. Malone                                                 
Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement
University of Massachusetts Amherst
(413) 545-5270
Assistant: Christine Burnett,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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