Structures & People

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Charge

  1. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) shall be composed of seven (7) appointed persons. It will include four (4) members of the faculty, one (1) community member, one (1) doctor of veterinary medicine, and the (1) University Safety Manager serving as an ex-officio, voting member. The community member must be unaffiliated with the University, cannot be an immediate family member of an employee of the institution, and must not utilize laboratory animals in a professional capacity. Among committee members, one must be a practicing animal scientist and one faculty member must be a non-scientist. Faculty members will serve three-year, staggered terms to assure continuity. The community member and the doctor of veterinary medicine will serve renewable one-year terms.
  2. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the designated Institutional Officer responsible for matters pertaining to research involving the use of animal subjects.
  3. The IACUC chair shall collaborate with the Committee on Committees and Nominations when nominating the slate of faculty candidates to serve on the IACUC or when nominating faculty candidates when replacements are necessary. The IACUC chair shall be responsible for the nomination of community candidates and the doctor of veterinary medicine when replacements are necessary. Final appointments are made by the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, or designee.
  4. IACUC activities are coordinated by a chairperson elected by Committee members prior to the end of each academic year for the succeeding fiscal year. The term of the chair begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30.
  5. The IACUC serves the following functions:
    1. Act as the UW-Green Bay review board as defined in the policies set forth by the Animal Welfare Act, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, overseen by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).
    2. Report to the Institutional Officer recommendations regarding guidelines and procedures for the use of live animals for research, testing, or teaching activities by UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, and students.
    3. Review and approve or deny the conduct of all proposed research, testing, or teaching, as well as significant changes to previously approved activities, involving live animals to be conducted by UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, and students.
    4. Evaluate the animal care and use program, and inspect currently operating animal care facilities, at least every six months.
    5. Review any concerns about the care and use of animals at the institution.
    6. Investigates allegations of research misconduct of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff or students when the misconduct is associated with research proposals/protocols previously approved by the Committee. The Committee may suspend approval of previously approved research if allegations are substantiated.
    7. Provide recommendations on IACUC-related websites, trainings, and professional development.
  6. The chair of the Committee has the following responsibilities:
    1. Archive official records of meetings, submitted research, testing, or teaching proposals involving live animals, indicating approval or denial of all proposals within the electronic storage infrastructure provided by the Office of Grants and Research.
    2. Notify the Institutional Officer when deficiencies in the animal care and use program are identified. Notify the Institutional Officer when the Committee suspends approval of previously approved research and make recommendations for corrective actions to be taken as a result of the suspension.
    3. Report the results of investigations of research misconduct involving the use of live animals to the Institutional Officer, or designee.
    4. Submit a report of all Committee activities at the end of each academic year to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, or designee.