The IACUC is responsible for ensuring the humane care and use of animal subjects in all research conducted by an employee or student of the University and in all research conducted at the University. The IACUC operates in compliance with federal animal welfare regulations, which sets standards of animal care and defines the IACUC's responsibilities, which include:
- Review research protocols that use animal subjects. The IACUC has the authority to review and approve, require modifications to secure approval, or disapprove proposed animal use protocols. Download the IACUC Protocol Form
- Conduct regular inspections of facilities and animal use areas to ensure compliance with standards set forth in the animal welfare regulations.
- Maintain a mechanism for the receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at the university.
- Suspend or terminate approval of activities not being conducted in accordance with an approved protocol or that has been associated with unexpected harm to animals.
- Ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties.
The IACUC is comprised of at least 5 members that meet specific criteria described in federal regulations, including an individual with scientific experience, a veterinarian with designated program responsibilities, a non-scientist and a non-affiliated individual representing community interests.
Proposals approved by the IACUC may be subject to further review and approval by the Institutional Officer. However, no officials of the university may approve animal subjects use (i.e., authorize it to proceed) that has not been approved by the IACUC.
You are encourage to contact the IACUC with knowledge about animal research being conducted without IACUC approval or conducted in a manner that is not in compliance with the federal animal welfare regulations.