In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Imaging Centers have implemented mandatory cleaning and safety protocols for all users using UIC resources. Please visit our sunrise safety protocols page to learn more 

Sunrise Safety Protocols

Using UIC Resources During Sunrise Stage 2

The University Imaging Centers remain committed to supporting research during the ERO and now the sunrise stage II period in compliance with University policy. This means users who have been previously trained on UIC instruments and are also approved essential or sunrise personnel can utilize the UIC. We do have new policies in place as part of our approved Sunrise plan that will need to be adhered to by all users (see below).
NEW USERS: Please start by creating your iLab account followed by requesting training.
We can provide remote instrument support via Splashtop and Zoom, and have updated the computers on our instruments so we can remotely operate and assist with user sessions when requested. Please read and follow the requirements below.
  1. You must be in good health (temperature <100.4F) to use the UIC. 

  2. You will be asked to provide a copy of your designation as an essential or sunrise researcher via this online UIC form.

  3. You must abide by UMN approved health,  PPE, and distancing policies, including that masks are to be worn at all times.

  4. Training of novice users on a limited case-by-case basis will resume using preliminary virtual meetings, remote training sessions, and user guides as much as possible. In person training of advanced techniques is possible with approved PPE when required. New users must create a UIC iLab account here:

  5. Instrument reservations for trained users must be made 24 hours in advance (NO WALK-INS to any UIC location no matter what the instrument reservation calendars indicate)Reservations are automatically padded by 15 non-billable minutes to allow for decontamination before subsequent users.

  6. UIC staff appointments are by reservation only and will be performed virtually whenever possible. This alerts UIC staff and maximizes social distancing and reduces the possibility of inadvertent interaction with UIC staff and other UIC users. 

  7. Users must make sure to follow the cleaning and disinfection procedures posted by each instrument before and after use.

Contact us at or complete a training request form at and let us know which UIC location and instrument(s) you will need to utilize, or if you have any hesitation to use the instrument effectively and safely and would like remote assistance in advance once trained. Please communicate any schedule changes, incidents with the instrument or need for supplies to UIC staff immediately at

All the best and good luck with your experiments.

For the most up-to-date information on the University’s COVID-19 response, please visit the Campus Public Health Officerwebsite.

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