To protect the health and safety of University students, employees, and visitors; to promote a healthy and safe work, educational, and living environment; and to comply with the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act and other applicable state laws, the University prohibits smoking in, and near all entrances to, all University buildings.
Policy SA0900 — Smoking
The UT policy on smoking prohibits the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including an electronic cigarette), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product, in any manner or in any form, in any building owned or operated by the university as well as any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the university.
The Student Health Center, Center for International Education, and Office of Emergency Management are monitoring the Ebola outbreak and coordinating preparedness efforts for the campus. These departments are communicating with local, state, and federal health officials about the situation.
The university has a pandemic plan that designates specific departments as responders in the event of a widespread outbreak of any life-threatening disease. Additionally, the Student Health Center has developed an Ebola guide for the campus.
For more information, please visit the Biosafety Program’s website.
The Biosafety Office has released an updated version of the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Exposure Control Plan (ECP) which has been developed and implemented to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).
This 2014-15 edition of the Exposure Control Plan will be valid through September 30, 2015. There are no substantial changes relative to the 2013-14 edition.
For more information, visit biosafety.utk.edu.
Sonya Sullivan has been named the new IRB Compliance Officer for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective August 4.
Sullivan joins ORE from her position as senior protocol research analyst at Purdue University where she was responsible for maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols in compliance with federal and institutional requirements.
Learn about the new research compliance software being implemented this fall through the Office of Research & Engagement at one of several sessions available around campus. These sessions, beginning Monday, August 4th in the Communications Building, will be an hour long and offered at various times of the day for to ensure that everyone has a chance to attend.
According to a notice posted on the Office of Research Integrity website, Melanie Cokonis, a former research technician with the Southern Research Institute, voluntarily agreed to a three-year debarment to settle allegations of misconduct in research supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).