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The University of South Florida is committed to creating a culture which encourages each employee to maintain a healthy work/life balance, which contributes to the overall health and well-being of each individual and, by effect, their family. In addition, our work culture recognizes that each employee brings a complex web of personal beliefs, values, responsibilities, and goals to their employment. By encouraging a personal balance, we recognize that the employee is more productive, loyal, and creative in an environment to which they can bring the fullness of their humanity.

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    Advocacy Program
    The Advocacy Program is a service to the USF community to assist individuals who are victims of actual or threatened violence including, but not limited to, battery, assault, stalking, sexual battery (date rape, acquaintance rape, stranger rape) and attempted sexual battery. The Advocacy Program was established to assure that victims receive whatever help is needed to deal with the trauma of being victimized. Contact the Advocacy Program at 813-974-5756.

    Campus Recreation Center (Health Club)
    USF's facility has knowledgeable fitness trainers who can develop workouts and assist members in their workout routines, along with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Individual monthly membership for postdoctoral scholars (Temporary OPS Staff) is $22.00. For more information contact Campus Recreation at 813-974-3177.

    Career Development Lecture Series
    Please refer to the OPA website for a list of upcoming lectures, workshops and other events.

    Childcare and School Options
    Options include Patel Charter Partnership School and Pizzo Elementary plus daycare/after school programs available to USF employees. USF offers 3 different Child Care centers on campus.

      *USF Family Center
      The USF Family Center features a curriculum that emphasizes the process of learning. The center provides services Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for students, faculty, staff and community members with children ages two to five years old. The Preschool also has a small school age program.
            13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Bldg MGZ
            Tampa, FL 33612
            Phone: 813-974-8500
            NAEYC Accredited
            Center E-Mail:

      *Moffitt Child Development Center
      Children from 1 to 12 years for preschool and after-school care. This facility is primarily for Moffitt employees, but is available secondarily for USF faculty, staff and students at a reduced rate. Only full-time services are available.
            12902 Magnolia Drive
            Tampa, FL 33612
            Phone: 813-903-4660
            NAEYC Accredited
            Center Email:

      *Preschool for Creative Learning
      The Preschool for Creative Learning features a curriculum that emphasizes the process of learning. The center provides services Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for students, faculty, staff and community members with children ages two to five years old. The Preschool also has a small school age program.
            11811 Bull Run Drive
            Tampa, Florida 33617
            Phone: (813) 974-5142
            Fax: (813) 974-0792

      *Pizzo Elementary School
      Pizzo Elementary School opened almost ten years ago as a public elementary school in the Hillsborough County School District in partnership with the University of South Florida. It was planned from its conception as a Professional Development School dedicated to fostering exemplary practice in pre-service and in-service teacher professional development, methods of inquiry and research, and ultimately student achievement. Pizzo Elementary is a Hillsborough County public school located on the USF Tampa campus that caters to neighborhood students. An after school program is available.
            11701 USF Bull Run Dr.
            Tampa, FL 33617
            Phone: (813) 987-6500

      *The USF Patel Charter School & The Patel Pediatric Care Center
      USF Patel Charter School provides small classrooms and individual attention to students from areas primarily in the vicinity of USF, grades K-5. The Patel Pediatric Care Center is housed in the USF Patel Charter School and serves the school's 190+ students. The center provides much needed health care and preventative medical services charter school students might not otherwise have access to. All services are free of charge and help maintain a healthy environment for the children both at school and in their homes. For more information, call (813) 974-3831.

      Hillsborough County Public Schools
      Information regarding Hillsborough County public schools for Kindergarten through Grade 12 can be found at

      *denotes USF on-site facility

    Computer Support
    The IT Help Desk provides computer assistance for all employees in need of help with everything computer related, from access to hardware. Additionally, the Information Technology Consultants & Instructors provide free, hands-on, non-credit computer workshops. Call 813-974-1222 for more information.

    Continuing Education
    Continuing Education at USF offers short-term training and noncredit certificate programs for professional development, personal enrichment, computer skills and test preparation. Details on schedules, locations and fees can be found by contacting Continuing Education at 813-974-5201.

    Employment and Immigration
    The mission of International Services is to promote awareness, understanding and compliance of federal immigration regulations and university policies while supporting and enhancing the academic, cultural and social experiences of all international students, scholars and staff at the University of South Florida. For questions relating to employment and immigration status, contact International Services at

    Housing Assistance - Apartments, Condos, and Houses
    USF maintains an Off-Campus Housing (OCH) website for postdoctoral scholars, students, and staff seeking housing options near the university. This site is hosted by the Student Government and provides up-to-date information and advice for individuals seeking housing in the university area. Please visit the USF Off Campus Housing Solutions to quickly begin your search for housing. Real State With Honors is also an exclusive off-campus housing listing & information service utilized by USF Health for the use and benefit of USF Health students, faculty, staff, physicians, alumni and their families. For more information visit and click on the tab marked "Seller or Rent My Property" or call 877-707-0004 toll free.

    Although classified as temporary Staff, all postdoctoral scholars enjoy full faculty library privileges at USF.

      USF Tampa Campus
      The Tampa Campus Library houses over a million books, journals, newspapers, government documents, micro-format materials and audiovisual resources. Services include reference and information services, interlibrary loans and copying facilities. For more information, contact 813-974-2729.
            Take a virtual tour
            Floor Plans
            Wireless Maps

      Shimberg Health Sciences Library
      The Shimberg Health Sciences Library is located on the east side of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. directly across the street from the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Visitors to the Library may park at one of the 3 parking meters on the west side of Lot 30 which is located to the south of the Library. If the meters are filled, visitors must go to the USF Parking Center at the entrance to USF. The Center dispenses the visitor parking permits, which are necessary to park in the USF Parking lots. For more information, contact 813-974-2243

      Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Lending Library
      The OPA has a small library of books that are available for use by postdoctoral scholars. Please refer to the OPA Library website for a current list of titles available. If you are interested in borrowing any of the titles, contact the OPA at or (813) 974-2225. Purchase of these books was made possible through financial support provided by the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

    Talent Management
    Offering training, workshops and seminars, Talent Management provides the systems and tools to develop the right people for the right positions to achieve mission success.

    USFTalk Discussion Board
    USFTALK is an open discussion forum for the USF Community. It is established to promote positive exchange among the eclectic population of the university. USFTALK encourages creative and innovative ideas that will benefit USF and assist the university's progress into the 21st Century.


    Campus Motorist Assistance
    Parking and Transportation Services and the Division of Public Safety through the Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) are available to provide students, visitors and staff the following services:
    Opening your car when you have locked your keys inside
    Providing air / sealant in the event of a flat tire
    Jump starting your car
    Contact Parking Services at 813-974-8040.

    Campus Parking
    Any motor vehicle parked on university property must display a valid university parking decal or permit.

    Effective July 1, 2009: Postdoctoral scholars are also eligible to purchase yearly parking permits via payroll deduction for Staff (E), Gold Zone Staff (GZ) or reserved parking. Yearly permits are valid from August to August. Employees who are eligible for payroll deduction will see that option when they go online to purchase their permit. Employees may select either pre-tax or post-tax payroll deduction (note: no refunds are available on pre-tax payroll deduction). Payroll deductions begin in August each year and run for 18 pay periods. Payroll deductions for permits purchased after August are reduced by the number of deductions missed since August. Depending on your termination date, it may be more cost effective to purchase a semester permit rather than a yearly permit. If you anticipate leaving USF during the academic year, contact Parking Services to discuss parking rates and options. For additional information, contact Parking Services at 813-974-3990.

    Campus Police
    To reach the University Police call 813-974-2628. For an escort to your car in the evening from 6:30 PM to 2:30 AM call the USF Safe Team at 813-974-7233.

    Campus Bus Service
    The USF Bull Runner bus service is available to employees upon showing your USF ID card. This service also has a route that runs just off campus circling around several apartment complexes located on 42nd Street.

    HARTLine Bus Service
    Bus fare is discounted using your USF ID card. The HARTLine bus system provides local public transportation in and around Tampa.

    Transportation Options
    Parking & Transportation Services has other options for commuters, including carpools, van pools, bicycle and Emergency Ride Home in conjunction with Bay Area Commuter Services.


    Athletics - USF Bulls
    Visit the official website for the University of South Florida Athletic Department for links to all USF sports teams and game schedules. USF Bulls football games are played at Raymond James Stadium. USF is part of the Big East Conference.

    ATM (Cash Machine) Access
    ATMs provided by USF Federal Credit Union are located throughout the USF campus.

    USF Bookstore
    The USF Barnes & Noble Bookstore is located next to the Marshall Student Center and provides support to the academic endeavors of the students, faculty, and staff as well as enriches the spirit of USF for all who are associated with the university. The bookstore is both a brick and mortar store on campus and a virtual store on the web.

    USF Botanical Gardens
    Located on the USF campus, the Botanical Gardens, housed within the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, serve the education and research needs of the university and provide education, recreation and volunteer opportunities for the university and Tampa Bay Area communities. With over 30,000 visitors annually, the Gardens have welcomed visitors from over 70 Florida cities, 32 states and 13 countries.

    Bulls Country Employee Discounts
    Bulls Country is designed to increase school spirit and awareness of USF in the neighborhoods surrounding the university. Our Bulls Country partners offer a variety of discounts to USF faculty, staff and students upon presentation of a valid USF ID card.

    USF Federal Credit Union
    Services include checking and savings accounts, home banking access, overdraft protection, certificates of deposit, money market deposit account, IRAs, loan services, credit cards, mortgages. Contact 813-569-2000 or 800-763-2005 for more information.

    Campus Activities
    What is there to do on campus?
          Marshall Student Center
          USF Calendar of Events
          USF Library Events
          University Lecture Series

    Campus Map
    Parking and Transportation Services offers maps as well as directions for getting to the the University of South Florida.

    Campus Virtual Tour
    Take a virtual tour - there are four to choose from: Academics, USF Health, Research, and Athletics.

    College of The Arts
    The College of The Arts strives to advance contemporary and new works through learning and research in the arts. Providing outstanding aesthetic and academic leadership, the College offers the university and the surrounding community a unique artistic experience in the visual arts, dance, music and theatre. Contact The College of the Arts at 813-974-2301.

    Computer Store
    The USF Computer Store offers computer equipment, printers, software and accessories. It is located on the first floor in the Marshall Student Center, and can be reached at 813-974-1779.

    Copy Services
    FedEx Kinko's is open extended hours at 2798 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612, 813-977-2679. More information on their services can be found on their website.

    Dining Services
    From all-you-can-eat buffets to Burger King, from Einstein's Bagels to Starbucks, you'll find lots of great on-campus dining choices.

      Beef O'Brady's (Marshall Student Center, 1st floor)
      USF Dining Services welcomes you to the first ever Beef O'Brady's on a college campus. You will have the convenience of watching the USF Bulls play on 10 LCD TVs! Meet us at Beef's!

      Ben & Jerry's (Marshall Student Center, 1st floor)
      Get a scoop of Ben & Jerry's famous ice cream and more!

      The Bulls Den Cafe (Andros Center)
      Offers unlimited servings of home-style foods, grill items, pizza, salads and desserts. Try out our late night breakfast buffet! Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Burger King (Sessums Mall)
      Get any of your favorite grilled sandwiches without leaving campus! Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Camille's Sidewalk Cafe (Morsani Center USF Health)
      Provides a fresh alternative to fast food in an atmosphere where you can. Eat, Relax and Enjoy!

      C3 Convenience Store / Ben & Jerry's (Andros Center)
      Full convenience store for all of your grocery needs including beverages, snacks, frozen foods, dry goods, bulk candy and more! Or get a scoop of Ben & Jerry's famous ice cream! Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      COBA Cafe (College of Business Administration)
      Grab a cup of joe, a smoothie, or pastries at the Java City. Also, enjoy fresh made soup or sandwiches from the Boar's Head deli. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Einstein Bros. Bagels (Marshall Student Center, 1st floor)
      A national bagel brand offering bagels, sandwiches, Bagel Dogs, salads, desserts and more. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Express Shop (Engineering)
      Offers a variety of grab-n-go items such as sandwiches, salads, sweet and salty snacks, and beverages. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Food Court (Marshall Student Center, 1st floor)
      The Food Court offers selections such as Sbarro Pizza, Chick-fil-A and Bleecker St, a New York-style bakery cafe. There is also a Miso Sushi, Noodle and Rice Bowls concept, and Moe's Southwest Grill. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Fresh Food Company (Argos Center)
      Offers unlimited servings from stations such as American Diner, Mediterranean Kitchen, Fresh Produce and Accents. There is no kitchen - all stations feature exhibition-style cooking using only the freshest of ingredients! Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Health Science Cafe (Health Science Bookstore)
      Choose from a selection of grab-n-go items and get a cup of Starbucks coffee or a smoothie.

      On Top of the Palms (Marshall Student Center, 3rd floor)
      A sophisticated dining restaurant with a gorgeous view of the campus. Offers buffet selections, carving station, exhibition cooking and assorted desserts. Reservations are recommended, call 813-974-3573. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

      Starbucks (Library and USF Tampa Bookstore)
      Starbucks Coffee in the USF Library and the USF Barnes & Noble Bookstore offers high-quality whole bean coffees and fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, a variety of pastries and confections, and coffee-related accessories. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Library Starbucks also accepts Bull Bucks.

      Subway (Cooper Hall)
      Get any of your favorite Subway subs right here on campus! Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bull Bucks.

    Mail Services
    The USF Post Office is located on campus on USF Holly Drive, near the water tower and across the street from the theatre building. Inter-office mail requires a name, department and a mail stop. Outgoing mail is processed by the USF Post Office; personal mail must be deposited in a blue mail box or at the Post Office. Postage stamps are available at the USF Post Office. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. They can be reached at 813-974-2606. The following services are provided at the prices charged by the United States Postal Service:
    Domestic and International Mail
    Express Mail
    International Express Mail (quickest delivery possible)
    Priority Mail
    International Priority Mail
    All classes of mail (e.g., library, media, parcel)
    Permit mailings
    Postage Stamps
    Accountable mail (Registered, Insured, Certified, and C.O.D.)
    Money Orders
    Merchandise Return Receipt

    The USF Post Office accepts debit and credit cards, cash, no checks. Money Orders cannot be cashed. No personal mail may be received at your USF office address. P.O. mail boxes may be rented at the USF Post Office for personal mail.

    The Bulls Country Pharmacy, located in the Marshall Student Center (Tampa Campus), first floor, Room 1500, is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, providing pharmacy services for USF students, faculty, staff and their families. Call 813-974-2071 for more information.

    The Sweetbay Pharmacy, located on the first floor of the Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care at the corner of Holly and Magnolia Avenues (Tampa Campus), is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM. The pharmacy also offers many convenience store items. Call 813-978-8163 or visit the Morsani website.


    USF is a part of a burgeoning geographic region situated off the Gulf of Mexico referred to as "the Tampa Bay area". More than half of Florida's high-tech industries are located along the Interstate-4 corridor. A climate that is consistently sunny and pleasant encourages year 'round festivals and community activities. Broadway shows and traveling art exhibits stop in Tampa on a regular basis.

    Hispanic Magazine rates Tampa the "Top City in the U.S. for Hispanics." Tampa is also one of the most broadband-wired cities in America, ranking second in a recent AOL poll. To discover some of the attractions Tampa has to offer, check out Things to do Around Tampa Bay.

    A variety of full service banks are located in the immediate vicinity of the university; employees receive special banking privileges at the USF Federal Credit Union.

    Driver's License and Car Registration Information
    This website provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding drivers' licenses and provides a link to office locations in the area. International and out-of-state license holders must visit a Department of Motor Vehicles office to receive a Florida driver's license.

    Local Eateries
    Tampa Bay is famous for its fresh Florida seafood, but the area offers a wide variety of cuisines to suit just about any taste. From authentic Cajun cooking to Middle Eastern delights, upscale gourmet to casual family dining, you're sure to find something great to tempt your taste buds! The link is just one option to searching the abundant eateries located in the Tampa Bay area.

    Some USF area favorites are:
    Cafe Kili
    CDB's Italian Eatery
    Greenery Pub
    Lenny's Subs
    Ichiban Sushi
    Panera Bread Co.
    Skipper's Smokehouse
    Thai Ruby

    Radio & Television, Cable, Broadcast, Internet
    Local television stations and cable companies:
    Cable TV, High speed internet, telephone service:
    Bright House Networks
    Verizon FIOS
    WUSF-TV Channel 16 (PBS)
    WEDU-TV Channel 3 (PBS)
    WFLA-TV Channel 8 (NBC)
    WFTS-TV Channel 28 (ABC)
    WTSP-TV Channel 10 (CBS)
    WTTA-TV Channel 38 (MyTV)
    WTVT-TV Channel 13 (MyFOX)
    WTOG-TV Channel 44 (TheCW)

    Local radio stations:
    WUSF 89.7 FM – USF's Public Broadcasting Station.
    WBUL 1620 AM - USF Student Radio.

    For more radio stations in the Tampa Bay area visit On The Radio.

    Recreation -TampaBayStart
    There are many recreational activities available in the Tampa Bay area. Due to the sensational climate, these activities are available year 'round. TampabayStart provides a variety of sports and recreational information sites ranging from chartered fishing trips to youth football programs to hot air balloon rides!

    Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau
    The Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau highlights the area's cultural, natural and family attractions. Museums, state parks, area beaches and theme parks are featured on their site.

    Tampa Bay Online, which represents the interactive media efforts of both WFLA and The Tampa Tribune, provides a source for news, weather, community events, entertainment, and dining in Tampa Bay.

    Tampa Municipal Government Citizens Guide
    Find out about community resources, services, activities and programs available to Tampa citizens from kids to seniors. Look here for everything you need to know about living in Tampa.


    P. Buckly Moss Museum
    The P. Buckley Moss Gallery houses the world's most extensive collection of works by P. Buckley Moss. The collection includes oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, etchings, serigraphs, offset lithographs, porcelain items and collectible gifts. Located in a beautiful setting, the gallery overlooks a small yacht harbor which provides the perfect Florida view. The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts and the Dali Museum are both nearby.

    Salvador Dali Museum
    Located in St. Petersburg, the Salvador Dali Museum is the home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali.

    St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
    The purpose of the Museum is to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of art, to collect and preserve objects of artistic interest and merit, to protect works of art, to provide facilities for research, and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art. The Museum is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art from antiquity to the present through collection, exhibitions and education for its diverse audiences.

    Tampa Museum of Art
    Located at 2306 North Howard Avenue, the Tampa Museum of Art provides a broad range of art-related experiences for visitors of all ages.

    Tampa Theatre
    As one of our community's most precious assets, Tampa Theatre is fiercely protected and generously supported. That extraordinary community support fosters the Tampa's nearly 80-year legacy of cultural service through programming, education, membership, fundraising and community events.

    Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (TBPAC)
    TBPAC is located on a nine acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa, and provides an environment for a wide variety of performances, concerts and events. The 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex is the largest performing arts center in the Southeastern US.


    Busch Gardens
    Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age.

    Channelside District
    Channelside is a waterfront entertainment and retail complex that features restaurants, clubs, cinemas and shops unique to Tampa, plus the only 3-D IMAX® theatre in the area.

    Florida Aquarium
    The Florida Aquarium is located adjacent to Channelside and houses some of the world's most rare and exotic marine life.

    Lowry Park Zoo
    Lowry Park Zoo is the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. (Child Magazine). Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,600 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Domain, Primate World, aviary, Australian themed children's zoo and Safari Africa.

    Movie Guide
    TBO Extra provides movie listings for all community theaters as well as news, weather and coming attractions.

    For a listing of Tampa Bay nightclubs, visit Clubvibes.

    Raymond James Stadium
    The Raymond James Stadium® is the home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Bulls football and the New Year's Day Outback Bowl, as well as concerts and special events. Named the NFL's best stadium in multiple surveys by major publications, as well as the NFL Players Association, Raymond James Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.

    St. Pete Times Forum
    Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum is the jewel of downtown Tampa. The arena features state-of-the-art technology and innovative design which combine to make the St. Pete Times Forum one of the finest facilities in North America. In addition to NHL hockey, the St. Pete Times Forum hosts more than 150 events annually, including concerts, family events, ice shows, the circus and indoor sports.

    Tampa Bay Rays
    The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the reigning 2008 American League Champions. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of MLB's American League. The Rays play in Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Ybor City Activities
    Ybor City is Tampa's National Historic Landmark District. Florida's Latin Quarter experience beckons you back to another era. Wrought iron balconies, globe streetlights, brick-lined walkways and the majestic architecture of cigar factories, social clubs and other unique buildings, provide a glimpse into an era rich with culture and history. Today, Ybor City is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district where the ancient art of premium hand-rolled cigar making lives on.


    Office of Research & Innovation (ORI)
    The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation provides research announcements and annual reports, implements research policies and procedures, and provide general oversight of the USF research programs.

    Division of Sponsored Research (DSR) - Pre Award Services
    DSR provides assistance to faculty, staff, students and postdocs in identifying external funding sources, proposal and budget preparation, including predoctoral and postdoctoral applications, training in electronic research administration (ERA) and electronic funding databases for faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars or associates. The Division also provides information, education, and training to the research community in support of grantsmanship and professional development. For agency funding opportunities and guidelines, forms, policies and procedures visit the DSR website.

    Research Financial Management (RFM) - Post Award Services
    RFM provides financial services in support of USF sponsored research awards and activities. RFM is the entity that will assist postdoctoral scholars in monitoring, tracking and reporting the financial aspects of any external awards they may receive. For RFM forms, policies, procedures, and responsibilities please access their website.

    Research Integrity & Compliance Programs
    This Division administers key research-related assurance and compliance programs required by federal and state agencies and programs for the conduct of research at USF.

    Export Control
    Guidelines for Export Control at the University of South Florida are a joint effort between the Office of the General Counsel and the Division of Sponsored Research in the Office of Research & Innovation. For more than twenty years, the federal government has regulated the export of certain technologies for reasons of national security or for the protection of trade. Any item that is sent from the United States to a foreign destination is an export. "Items" include commodities, software or technology, such as clothing, building materials, circuit boards, automotive parts, blue prints, design plans, retail software packages and technical information. In addition, government regulations define an "export" as including a broad range of activities. Obviously, the shipment of a listed item to a foreign country qualifies as an export. An export may also occur, however, through the release of technology to a foreign national in the United States. Such a release could take the form of a visual inspection by the foreign national or simply through verbal communications concerning a listed technology. Therefore, disclosure of research results to a foreign student in a USF laboratory could be considered an export of those research results. How an item is transported outside of the United States does not matter in determining export license requirements. For example, an item can be sent by regular mail or hand-carried on an airplane. A set of schematics can be sent via facsimile to a foreign destination, software can be uploaded to or downloaded from an Internet site, or technology can be transmitted via e-mail or during a telephone conversation. Regardless of the method used for the transfer, the transaction is considered an export. An item is also considered an export even if it is leaving the United States temporarily, if it is leaving the United States but is not for sale (e.g., a gift), or if it is going to a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary in a foreign country. Even a foreign-origin item exported from the United States, transmitted or transshipped through the United States, or being returned from the United States to its foreign country of origin is considered an export. It is imperative that all USF personnel be familiar with the SF Export Control regulations. Please review the information at for complete details.

    Training in proper microbiological techniques is required for anyone who works with recombinant DNA, infectious agents, select agents and biological toxins or who works in a laboratory where these materials are used or stored.

    Conflict of Interest (COI)
    One of the most challenging arenas, the USF Conflict of Interest policies serve as guideposts to help the researcher disclose real and perceived conflicts so that USF, working with the researcher and relevant administrators, can develop management plans that will ensure the ethical conduct of research.

    Guidelines for the Responsible Conduct of Research
    In order to successfully accomplish our research endeavors at USF, it is important that all researchers ascribe to a standard set of ethical principles, and conduct themselves and their work in accordance with these standards.

    HIPAA Compliance Program
    The USF Research Integrity Program requires researchers to protect the privacy of research subjects with the appropriate use, disclosure and security of protected health information.

    Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    The University of South Florida affirms that respect for all forms of life is an inherent characteristic of scientists who conduct research involving animals, that the respectful treatment, care and use of animals involved in research is an ethical and scientific necessity, and that the use of research and teaching contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the acquisition of understanding.

    Human Research Participants Protection Program
    The USF Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and approves all research at USF involving human participants. The process is an educational and informed one, designed to ensure the safety of participants and the highest standards of ethical behavior on the part of the researchers, staff and students.

    Diving Safety
    The USF Diving Safety Program provides guidance to aquatic researchers and students to ensure ethical, safe and effective diving practices, educate researchers in new technological advances, and provide support for underwater research.

    USF Radiation Safety
    The USF Radiation Safety Office provides licenses and oversight of the uses of radioisotopes for use in research. For information regarding forms, application for license, radiation safety training, and laser safety please refer to the USF Radiation Safety Office website.

    Patents & Licensing Division (P&L)
    Patents & Licensing is responsible for the development, protection and utilization of intellectual rights, as well as the development and coordination of cooperative ventures the University of South Florida undertakes with business and industry in the promotion of technology transfer and commercial exploitation of intellectual property. When a postdoctoral scholar believes that they have discovered/invented a new and useful item, compound or method (any art or process, machine, manufacture, design or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof), they must disclose the discovery as soon as possible to P&L for evaluation and filing for appropriate documents.

    Comparative Medicine
    Comparative Medicine serves as the advocate for animals involved in research at the University of South Florida, and provides a fully accredited, centralized service of pathogen-free animal procurement, husbandry, health and surveillance and quality control, and is the Tampa Bay regional resource for laboratory animal-related services.

    Environmental Health and Safety Laboratory Program
    The mission of the USF laboratory safety program is to promote the safe use of chemicals in all university teaching and research laboratories by advising and training the USF community on applicable federal, state and local regulations. Postdoctoral scholars involved in research must participate in laboratory safety training workshops.