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Insitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Coastal Carolina University is committed to providing optimal care for its  laboratory animals. To this end, the University is in compliance with the  Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory  Animals. Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare  (OLAW)

An IACUC protocol is required for all activities by CCU faculty, students, or staff that involve the capture, housing, handling, manipulation, death, or injury of live non-human vertebrates, or invasive procedures or other activities that substantially alter vertebrate behavior in the wild.  Vertebrate animals include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

To submit an IACUC Protocol:

1. Complete an IACUC Protocol Form and submit it to the Office of Research Services.  For field projects, also complete the IACUC Approval for Field Studies.  If you cannot save the content of these pdf forms, we suggest you save a copy of your responses in a text file.  Protocols may be submitted as hard copies or as email attachments (pdf copies of the signed application).

2. Complete the required training for faculty, staff, or studemts conducting research with human participants or animal subjects.  The university has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide a comprehensive online modular training program which is used by universities nationwide.  Reponsible Conduct of Research training (through CITI program, NIH, or other) must be completed and certification filed with the Office of Reserach Services before your IACUC protocol can be approved.  CITI training is a one-time, modular, online training program.

Click here to learn more and/or take CITI training