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US patent office’s ruling on CRISPR

March 2017

On February 15, 2017, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a decision in a dispute concerning certain patent rights over a genome-editing system, known as CRISPR-Cas9.  

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Handling of Student Medical Records

November 2016

“Dear Colleague Letter” states that student medical records should be afforded privacy protections similar to those afforded to nonstudent medical records under HIPAA.

MIT Joins Leaders in Online Education in Submitting Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Regulations for Distance Education

October 2016

MIT submitted comments to the DOE in response to a new set of proposed federal regulations for distance education.

MIT Employees Temporarily Assigned to Federal Government: A Word of Caution

September 2016

Employees who complete an IPA assignment are subject to the same post-federal employment regulations as former U.S. Government employees which can result in an employee being unable to continue with parts of their previous duties upon return to MIT.

Tenure: Are Confidential Peer Evaluations Protected in Lawsuits?

May 2016

A recent federal decision questions the confidentiality of peer evaluations.