NU-IACUC Program Organization

The NU-IACUC serves as an advisory committee to the Office of the President on matters concerning the humane and ethical care of laboratory animals, adequacy of animal facilities, animal health, and occupational and student health as related to animal diseases. The NU-IACUC operates in accordance with guidelines specified in the USDA Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and internal policies and guidelines approved by the committee.

The NU-IACUC is the principal advisory group on humane care and use of animals for researchers and instructors who use animals at the University. The NU-IACUC is the appropriate body for resolving concerns involving the care and use of animals, which are brought to its attention by veterinarians, researchers, animal technicians, or others.

The NU-IACUC has the responsibility to ensure that all animal research activities are in compliance with applicable federal guidelines or regulations. The NU-IACUC is empowered to alter or to suspend a research activity whenever they determine that the activity is not in compliance.

In the execution of its duties, the NU-IACUC, at a minimum:

  • Reviews the institution's program for humane animal care and use of animals at least every six months using "The Guide" as a basis for evaluation.
  • Inspects all the institution's animal housing facilities, including satellite facilities, at least once every six months using "The Guide" and the Animal Welfare Act as the basis for evaluation.
  • Prepares reports of NU-IACUC evaluations as required by Public Health Service Policy.
  • Reviews concerns about the care and use of animals at the University.
  • Makes recommendations to University officials regarding any aspect of the University's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
  • Reviews and approves or disapproves proposed protocols for the use of vertebrate animals in teaching and research at the University. The Committee reviews all proposed protocols and asks for revisions/clarifications from the investigator/instructor prior to giving full approval. The committee also reserves the right not to approve proposed protocols.
  • Reviews and approves or disapproves requested changes in previously approved animal research/teaching protocols(any change requested to a previously approved protocols is called an amendment). The Committee reviews all proposed amendments and asks for revisions/ clarifications from the investigator/instructor prior to giving full approval. The committee also reserves the right not to approve proposed amendments.
  • Provides advice to the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and other University administrative units regarding administrative procedures.
  • The Vice Provost for Research makes appointments to the NU-IACUC as delegated by President of the University. Appointments are made annually in September and members are either appointed for a period of one year or have open-ended appointments. The "Institutional Official" is appointed by the President of the University.
  • The Committee elects its own chairperson. The chairperson selects another member of the committee to serve as vice-chairperson and submits the name of this individual to the committee for approval. In addition to regular voting membership, the Chairperson may appoint non-voting technical consultants to assist the Committee in evaluating and responding to specific technical issues.

NU-IACUC members represent the following areas:

  • Active research animal users (six members)
  • Departments having operational responsibility for animal care (one member)
  • Administrative units with institutional responsibilities in animal-related program management (one member)
  • Veterinarian (one member)
  • An individual not affiliated with the university (one member)
  • A non-scientist
  • A student (non voting)
  • Currently, there are 12 members on the committee, with 9 voting and 3 non-voting members. (Quorum = 5 voting members)