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Ongoing Operations

Research Resources and Facilities

Our collective commitment to public health is essential to maintaining safe in-person research activity. To assist the Clemson research community, the Division of Research and Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety have put together several guidance documents to promote health:

Additional information on personal protective equipment, cleaning, sanitization and more is posted on the Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety website.

Guidance on Use of Core Research Facilities

Please review the following guidelines for research at the Aquatic Animal Research Lab, Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility and Godley-Snell Research Center.

  • Aquatic Animal Research Lab

    General Guidelines

    • Do not enter the AARL if you feel ill or have a fever. If you do feel sick or have a fever, consult Redfern Health Services or The Sullivan Center for advice and COVID-19 testing.   
    • Users with a presumed or confirmed positive COVID-19 test are asked to self-disclose by notifying director Dr. John Parrish at and facility manager John Smink at
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitation is encouraged.
    • Face coverings are strongly encouraged in University research labs.
    • Customers are asked to disinfect areas when leaving. Keyboards and other electrical interfaces should only be disinfected after powering the unit down.  All other equipment, chairs, work surfaces, etc., should also be disinfected.
    • All visitor chaperones must receive approval from the facility manager before bringing a visitor into the Facility. 
    • Non-University visitors, contractors, or technicians must follow University Visitor Guidelines (PDF),  which includes completing the on-line COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. A link to the Self-Assessment tool is provided in the Visitor Guideline document.

    Conducting Research at AARL

    • All prospective users must be approved by the IACUC for a specific AUP and be approved by the facility manager before conducting any animal procedures or animal care tasks.
    • After IACUC approval, prospective users must contact the facility manager for a facility tour and facility SOP training.
    • Once you are IACUC approved and trained on facility SOPs, your Tiger Stripe card will be activated to allow entry to both the P&A building and the AARL.  
    • Investigators should use ilab to use equipment and request services.  
    • New animal orders for IACUC approved protocols must be approved by Dr. John Parrish. New vendors must also be approved by Dr. John Parrish.  

    Personnel Protective Equipment

    1. Long pants or lab pants should be worn.
    2. Closed toe footwear must be worn.
    3. PPE appropriate for the task must be worn.

    If you have any special concerns regarding your research animals or the conduct of your studies, please let us know.

  • Clemson Light Imaging Facility


    As of June 14, 2021, trained users who are registered in the new iLab system will have their electronic key access to the facility reinstated. As always, only trained users whose payment information is up to date will have access to the CLIF. 


    As of June 14, 2021, all regular sign-up services will be reinstated. Trained users with up-to-date payment information who are registered in iLab will be able to access the calendar information and make imaging appointments for the equipment systems that they have been trained to use. Utilization of the prep area in the CLIF must be pre-approved by the CLIF director.


    (a) In each capability room, multiple users may be utilizing separate systems at the same time. For your safety and the safety of others, we HIGHLY encourage all users to wear masks.

    (b) For those using the prep area of the CLIF, we encourage the use of masks. 


    (a) In each capability room, there will be alcohol-based hand sanitizer/soap in place. All users will be required to use hand sanitizer before they touch the keyboard/instruments.

    (b) In each capability room, there will be a box of ‘disinfecting wet wipes’ or alcohol and lens paper. All users will be required to clean the ‘keyboard/mouse’, eye-pieces, focus knobs and any other areas of the equipment that they have touched after their usage. NOTE: It is extremely important to make sure that the eye-pieces of any microscope are disinfected properly as viruses may be spread via the eye and through contact with eye secretions!

    (c) If gloves are used, hand sanitizer must still be used, as gloves can cause cross—contamination. Otherwise, gloves should not be worn. 


    We are currently working through a substantial backlog of training requests that were received between March 2020-April 2021. In order to accommodate these requests and to begin scheduling new ones, we have instituted a queue for training requests. In order to add your training request to the queue, please email us at and type “Training Request” in the subject line. We will contact you with a link to a google doc so that you can be added to the queue. We are hopeful that we will only need to use this system through June 2021, after which, we will begin utilizing iLab for all training requests.


    If you are a PI and plan on having students use the CLIF, you need to register your lab in the iLab system. To do this, please follow the directions below:

    Logging into iLab:

    1. Navigate to the following URL into your browser:
    2. Bookmark this URL for future use
    3. Once on the iLab login page, navigate to the top right hand corner of the page and select Signup or Login button.  You will be asked if you are a Clemson University user; choose that link
    4. At this point you will be prompted to provide your Clemson username and password.
    5. If this is your first time logging in, once you authenticate you will be directed to a registration page. 
    6. Once this is completed, the system will send notification to CLIF personnel that you have registered your lab. At this point, you will be approved for access and be given directions regarding how to allow students access to your lab and your grant accounts for billing purposes.
  • Electron Microscopy Facility

    Clemson University Faculty, Staff and Students

    • Clemson employees may schedule time to use instrumentation at the Electron Microscopy Facility by emailing
      • New users will need to complete training with facility staff.

    External Users (industry representatives, mon-profit organizations, other schools, etc.)

    • External users can schedule time to use EMF instrumentation by emailing Please call 864-656-2465 upon arrival at the facility.
      • New users will need to complete training with facility staff.
    • External users also may drop samples with instructions in the “EM Facility Drop Box” outside the AMRL building. Please notify facility staff via email, phone, text, etc. Facility staff will perform the work and transmit the data back to users through email or Box folder.
    • External users also may mail samples with instructions to 91 Technology Drive, AMRL Building, Anderson, S.C. 29625.

    Health and Sanitization

    • Face coverings are strongly encouraged in University research labs.  
    • Room occupancies are posted on each door.
    • Hand sanitizer is available for use in each capability room.
    • Disinfecting wet wipes’ or alcohol and lens paper is placed in each room to clean keyboards, mouses, eyepieces, focus knobs and other areas of the equipment before and after use. For additional details on microscope sanitization, refer to the General Microscope Hygiene Procedures (PDF) here.
  • Godley-Snell Research Center

    Our aim is to support research and teaching activities at the Godley-Snell Research Center (GSRC) while complying with current University guidance regarding COVID-19. As of June 4, 2021, face coverings are no longer required in university buildings. However, social distancing and maximum occupancy of rooms continues to be enforced until further notice.


    GSRC personnel will support research and teaching activities with the following guidelines:

    • A service request must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance to authorize entry. You do not have authorization to enter GSRC unless you have submitted a service request and received a confirmation email.
    • Animal research procedures will be scheduled to minimize the number of authorized people at GSRC at any given time.
    • It is paramount that you be on time for your scheduled procedures. You will not be allowed to exceed the time requested for your work if there are other users scheduled.
    • Only one project (preferably one person) will be scheduled in any procedure room at any one time. Maximum occupancy is posted on procedure room doors.
    • Only the number of people necessary for the procedure will be allowed to enter the facility. Work together when necessary, but still maintain social distance as much as possible.
    • Disinfectant sprays and/or wipes are placed next to each piece of equipment and work area. Users must disinfect all equipment, keyboards and work areas before and after use.

    As always, we are available by email at If you have research animals at any University animal facility, please ensure that you have provided your emergency contact information.