Institutional Biosafety Committee
Butler University is actively committed to preserving the health and safety of its students, staff, and faculty, and to protecting the environment and the community. It is recognized that use of potentially pathogenic microorganisms, other biological materials, and organisms containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules is necessary in many University research and teaching laboratories. Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules are defined as molecules that: 1) (a) are constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and (b) that can replicate in a living cell, i.e., recombinant nucleic acids; 2) are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules, i.e., synthetic nucleic acids; or 3) result from the replication of those described above. Butler IBC Policies and Procedures.
Biosafety policies apply to all Butler personnel engaged in teaching activities and/or research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA), including transgenic plants and animals, and biohazardous agents, materials, and toxins that are sponsored by the University; conducted by University research personnel; conducted using the University's property and facilities; received, stored, used, transferred, or disposed of at any of the University facilities; and conducted on behalf of the University at other institutions.
All application forms, with backup documentation, should be submitted to the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship—scanned pdfs can be sent to IBC@butler.edu, or hardcopy can be dropped off in JH116 (unstapled and printed on one-side only).
- IBC Application for approval of research involving recombinant DNA or other biohazardous materials (v.1.30.18 docx)
- IBC qualifications form for instructional activities (docx)
- IBC qualifications form for student investigators (docx)
- IBC protocol annual update form (v.1.26.2018 docx)
- IBC request to modify existing protocol (docx)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) manuals
- Advance to the biosafety section for the NIH manual for recombinant DNA guidelines
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) biosafety page
- Publications section for: Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition
- Safety precautions for laboratories using recombinant DNA (pdf)