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September 29, 2015

All institutions and government funding agencies must now have a mechanism in place to evaluate research that is potentially Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). Institutions must also have an Institutional Review Entity to identify and assesses the risks and benefits associated with such research, and work with the principal investigator and funding agency to develop a risk mitigation plan, when appropriate. In response to this mandate, President David Lassner and Vice President Vassils Syrmos approved Executive Policy (EP) and Administrative Procedure (AP) 12.217, respectively, in September 2015. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) developed the policy and procedures in accordance with federal oversight guidelines and with the assistance of the university research community. Training for researchers known to be impacted has already begun. 

EP 12.217:

AP 12.217:

DURC definition: “life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.”

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