Dear SEA Users:

In cooperation with the Office of Research and the Crisis Management Team, SEA has implemented the following protocols:

All Users must continue to follow Rice protocols. These protocols change as Rice responds to changes in the local conditions.

Current Rice policy no longer requires wearing a mask indoors, however it is recommended that everyone have a mask with them, and that you err on the side of caution if in doubt. Accordingly, if you are working closely with SEA staff and they request that you wear a mask, we kindly ask that you consider doing so.

Users should observe physical distancing where possible.

SEA instruments hosted in PI labs may have limited or no access, as determined by the PI host. Check with us at if you are unsure.



There are currently no differences between Internal and External User COVID policies.

External User applications can be approved and new External User trainings can be scheduled.

Questions about these policies can be directed to Angelo Benedetto -

Thank you,

Angelo Benedetto, Ph.D.
Rice University - Shared Equipment Authority
Director of Operations
(713) 348-8207 (w)
(281) 686-4924 (c)