Important Reminder for Faculty: Ithaca College Institutional Biosafety Protocols Must be received by September 8


Contributed by MaryAnn Taylor

Contributed on behalf of Wade Pickren, PhD, Director, Sponsored Research

All faculty planning to conduct research or classroom activity involving recombinant DNA or any potentially bio-hazardous material, including pathogens, biological toxins, or human cells, tissues, organs or fluids must obtain prior approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee before undertaking that activity. This committee provides federally-mandated oversight of activities that present risk of infection or illness in humans.

Federal guidelines require that applicants possess prior experience with a particular agent or procedure, and those supervising the activity should be familiar with proper safety precautions, procedures involving storage, and disposal. A link to federal guidelines can be found on the Institutional Biosafety website –

Protocols for review must be received by Monday, September 8, 2014 by 5pm.  Forms and additional information can also be found at

Should you wish to sign up for the Biosafety mailing list to receive information about up-coming meetings and deadlines or should you have any questions, please direct all inquiries to or call 607-274-1206.