BioEngineering COVID-19 Operations

In March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all laboratories at UC Santa Barbara were closed, allowing access only to essential workers to maintain critical laboratory functions. We are now in the process of a staged reopening, allowing select researchers to resume some on-campus research activity. The links below provide information and resources for researchers seeking access to the BioEngineering Building. Please check this page regularly, as policies and protocols are updated frequently.

 BioEngineering Building Access

The BioEngineering Building may not be entered with prior approval. The building will be open by key-card access for approved workers only from 6:00 AM-midnight (including weekends). Prior to entry, please read the appropriate Standard Operating Procedures which contain important information regarding the preconditions for campus work, protocols for entry/exit, sanitation procedures, etc. Each laboratory will maintain a separate SOP and training protocol – please contact each PI prior to the start of work.

After reading and understanding the building SOP, the specific SOP for your research group, and, for ARC users, the ARC-specific SOP, all persons must sign the Attestation of Compliance Form. Once you have completed your attestation, please contact your PI to confirm your access to the building and to make sure your name is on the list of approved, unique individuals.

All persons must sign up for and complete the Daily Wellness Assessment before entering the building.

In addition, all persons must review the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation presentation from the Office of Research.


 Retrieving Packages

Visits to retrieve packages from BioEngineering 2001 need not be scheduled in advance, however, all researchers should follow social distancing rules, and only 1 person should be in the room at a time. If someone is in the room when another person scans in, the second person will wait at the entry way until the first person leaves.

 Questions and Concerns

If you have a concern regarding working conditions, protocols, compliance, or any suggestions for things that could be improved, please let us know by emailing or you may also email your PI directly.