Research Integrity

Biosafety (IBC)

Attention Researchers:  Early in 2015 BSU de-activated the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).  This was done in consultation with the University’s Administration and Federal Authorities.  The decision was mutually based on the facts that we had no federal research dollars for rDNA research (and had none for years) and new federal regulations would have required major changes to our programs.  BSU still reserves the ability to re-activate the IBC, but in order to meet current federal requirements, the process would take at least 3 months (90+ days).  If any researcher is in the process of receiving federal research funds that require IBC review, please contact the ORI as soon as possible.  At this time, BSU will not reactivate the IBC simply for submitting grant proposals, unless the federal granting agency requires an active IBC before they will review or consider grant proposals.  We hope you understand that this is not a commentary about anyone’s research and we will work with the BSU research community should the IBC need to be reactivated.  Thank you. 


The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the review of all research involving recombinant DNA molecules or the use of infectious materials. Research projects and labs involving the use of such objects are to be submitted for review at IBC convened meetings. Research is to be conducted in accordance with Ball State University policy and with applicable provisions of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

IBC forms can be accessed through IRBNet in the Document Library, under Forms and Templates. Forms will no longer be available to download via the ORI website. The forms require Adobe Reader Version XI and are all in PDF form. Mac Users: You will need to use the Adobe Reader and not Finder to view and use these forms.

We have recently added two new forms to the Document Library, including a Modification/Amendment form and a Final Report form. To make changes to an existing protocol, please complete and submit a Modification/Amendment form. To close out a protocol, please use the Final Report form. Both can be located in the Document Library on IRBNet. 

For questions about IBC, contact John Mulcahy, Associate Director of Research Integrity, or Jennifer Weaver, Research Integrity Administrator.

For information about how to submit IBC protocols, please visit our IRBNet pages.

Many of the documents on our Web site require Adobe Reader: Download it free here.

For more information on the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), check out the CDC's website and download the full document or only the sections you need.