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Academic Visitor Procedures to be Revised

Effective July 8, 2022, the University‚Äôs Academic Visitor Procedures will be revised to align more closely with recommended federal research security practices.  While most elements of the existing Academic Visitor Process will remain unchanged, there will be some procedural changes that will impact University schools and departments that regularly host academic visitors. Noteworthy procedural changes and improvements include:

  • The launch of a new website: http://visitor.pitt.edu/.
  • Clear step-by-step procedures that include individual checklists for each step.
  • A new Research Security section that provides greater clarity on common security topics applicable to Academic Visits.
  • Centralization of all agreement sourcing by the Office of Trade Compliance.
  • Mandatory institutional endorsements through the Office of Trade Compliance for all visitor agreements.
  • Upgrades to the MyEC system to accommodate centralized agreement sourcing and endorsements.

Live trainings will be available upon request.  Taped training along with other training documents will be available on the new website.  FAQs will be revised on an ongoing basis.  Please contact Chuck Lyon in the Office of Trade Compliance to request training, or for any other questions.

Institutional Conflict of Interest Policy Approved by Chancellor

A new Pitt Policy, Institutional Conflict of Interest (RI-11), has now been approved through the University's policy process and signed by the Chancellor.

This policy establishes a new Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) Committee, which will review major University transactions and the outside engagements of its senior officials.  The committee will formulate management plans to assure that these transactions and engagements do not bias the University's core missions of education, scholarship, and research.

The ICOI committee will include two co-chairs, a staff representative and eight faculty members with a rank of Associate Professor or higher.  Members of the committee cannot be a current department chair or a senior University official (including those with Dean, Provost, Chancellor, or President in their title).

Membership on the ICOI Committee will be  designated by the University Senate.   Nominations of faculty members can be submitted using this web form.

Pitt Concern Connection

The Pitt Concern Connection is an anonymous, all-in-one reporting system that can be used by students, faculty, staff and even community members to report issues ranging from environmental compliance to student conduct and everything in between.

The Pitt Concern Connection can be accessed by texting 412-903-3456, calling 800-468-5768 or by completing an online form.

Learn more about the Pitt Concern Connection. 

Human Stem Cell Applications: Now on the Web

No more paper forms for approval of human stem cell research!

The Institutional Biosafety Division is now accepting online human stem cell applications in the MyIBC system. To access the Stem Cell Application, users must complete the stem cell module in the CITI Training system.

Current hSCRO protocol holders are being contacted individually to provide instructions and assistance in transferring their old paper applications into the online system. 

For any questions, please contact the IBC staff at IBC_Support@pitt.edu

Basic Biomedical Researcher Symposium: August 17

As in previous years, ORP will be hosting a symposium for new basic biomedical investigators to acquaint them with the offices, committees, and resources they need to access to successfully engage in research.  

The symposium will be online, from 9 AM - 1 PM on August 17. You may attend individual presentations or the entire symposium.  A schedule will be provided in advance.

The following topics will be included:

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
  • Institutional Biosafety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Research Integrity
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Trade Compliance (Export Control and Visitors)

The symposium is open to all members of the Pitt community (staff, students, postdocs, faculty).

Jumpstart your career at Pitt by registering for the symposium at this link.

Traveling this Summer? Let the Office of Trade Compliance Simplify Your Trip

International travel can be complicated, particularly if the destination is a country sanctioned by the United States government.

If your destination is a sanctioned country, or if you are planning to take research equipment with you, the Office of Trade Compliance Office can provide you with advice and documents that will ease your way through customs.

Please contact the Office of Trade Compliance for more information.

Webinar: Technology, Deemed Exports, and Foreign Nationals

Date: June 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m.

The University environment is a melting pot of domestic and international faculty, students and specialists working together for the advancement of science and other noble causes.  These efforts often require foreign national access to, or generation of, technologies that may be controlled under the export regulations. 

In this session, the Office of Trade Compliance (OTC) will explain how the export regulations define technology, and in what cases it becomes a consideration for deemed export purposes.

Register here. 

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