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Research Reactivation Guidance


Guidance and resources for the CSU San Marcos research community about how to safely reactiviate and/or ramp-up onsite activity during COVID-19. 

Guiding Documents


**The information below outlines how to request campus- or field-based research, scholarship, or creative activity reactivation that is compliant with CSU, County and State health ordinances. Update: As of April 14, the threshold for requesting research reactivation only requires that research "..can be done safely within current Covid-19 safety protocols."  More information on our current campus research and creative activity status can found in the April 14 communication from the RRC. For further questions or inquiries contact


Step 1: Complete and submit the correct Reactivating Research Health & Safety Plan (RRHSP) form

  • Instructions for completing the Health & Safety Plan
    • NOTE: Research involving face to face interaction with human subjects will require specific information on the nature of the research. If these details are not included in the body of the RRHSP they may be included as an attachment.
  • After completing the correct routing form, a template will be routed to your CSUSM email. In this editable PDF, you will complete your reactivation plan and then submit for approvals.
  • If you do not receive an email with an Adobe Sign form, please i) try the form request process once more, and if still unsuccessful, ii) contact

Step 2: Submit your Research Activity Intake Form (RAIF) 

  • Answer the questions in the RAIF to describe the nature of your prior research, scholarship, and creative activity efforts. Please be as accurate as you can, but the committee understands that it may be difficult to recall past efforts.

Step 3: The RRHSP and RAIF will be reviewed by the appropriate Dean and Safety, Health & Sustainability (SHS), and then sent to the Research Reactivation Committee (RRC) for final approval. If approved, SHS will then connect with you to finalize a Reactivation Plan for your research. 

Please be patient as the approval process takes time.  From full submission to approval typically takes about 2 weeks but may take more or less time depending on the number of requests.

Step 4: Once campus- or field-based research, scholarship, or creative activity has been approved for you and your space, you may seek approval for students or paid researchers to begin related efforts. Information about this process will be emailed to you after your plan is approved by the RRC.

Research Reactivation Committee

The Research Reactivation Committee (RRC) oversees final approval for all Reactivation plans for campus- or field-based research. Current members are:

Trina Beckwith, Director - Sponsored Projects
Dr. Charles De Leone, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies & Research
Dr. Regina Eisenbach, Dean of Academic Advising and Academic Programs
Regina Frasca, Director - Safety, Health & Sustainability 
Dr. Sean Newcomer, Faculty
Dr. Deborah Kristan, Interim Dean of CEHHS
Vance Kekoa, SH&S Research Specialist
Eve McDonald, Administrative Support

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