COVID-19 Information for the WMU Research Community

This guidance last updated on: March 27, 2020

The Office of Research and Innovation is currently supporting essential functions only for faculty and staff. See the COVID-19 Update webpage for the status of all Western Michigan University operations. 


Dear Colleagues, 

As you are well aware Governor Whitmer issued a stay at home executive order. President Montgomery has shared both the University’s commitment to the health and safety of our community as well as examples of essential work that can continue on campus. We understand that for some research and academic functions it will remain necessary for faculty and perhaps some graduate students to have access to certain buildings and especially laboratories and animal facilities.

In anticipation of the likelihood that building access may need to be further curtailed in the future we are asking that if you require access to a WMU building you submit the attached form requesting access. The attached file contains further instructions and examples of essential services that require physical access to campus as well as the required access approval form. If you require physical access to a campus facility between now and April 25, please fill out the form and send it for approval through your supervisor who will route to your Dean for final collection by the Vice President for Research and Innovation (for research requests) and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (for academic requests). This will allow us to assure access for truly essential requirements collaboratively with our colleagues in Public Safety as well as assuring we thoughtfully protect activities critical to our mission while limiting campus access and protecting the health and safety of our community.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We would like to have these forms by the end of the day Wednesday, March 25. If an unanticipated need for access arises after this date, we will continue to review as quickly as possible.

Terri Goss Kinzy
Vice President for Research and Innovation

Jennifer Bott
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Request Access

Read March 20, 2020 Status Letter

ORI Operations

ORI is now limited to focus on essential functions and following the guidance above until further notice.

  • All faculty, staff and students at WMU have access to Webex for conducting online meetings. ORI will utilize Webex to meet with faculty and staff remotely  as needed  and/or requested to limit the need for face to face meetings and to accommodate faculty and staff essential needs.

  • Off campus access to the PAF system. OIT has added a new VPN option, GoVPN. Please install and use GoVPN to access the PAF system from off-campus locations.


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