The USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals require that institutions conducting research with animals establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC provides oversight and helps ensure compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing the care and use of research and teaching animals.
When IACUC Review is Required
An IACUC protocol is required for all activities by Coastal Carolina University 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. Purely observational projects, where wild animals are observed in their natural habitat with no further human intervention, do not require an IACUC protocol.
To Submit an IACUC Protocol
Complete a IACUC Protocol Form for Research with Vertebrate Animals and all required CITI online training modules (see below). Once training is complete and documented on the form, submit a pdf of the signed Protocol Form and any attachments to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services. Protocols may also be submitted to OSPRS as hard copies, either in person or via campus mail. Protocols may be submitted by faculty, staff, or students. Student protocols must include signed approval from their CCU faculty research advisor/mentor.
Required Training for Research Involving Animals
Completion of approved training is required of all CCU faculty, staff, and students 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.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training and the Working with the IACUC module (through CiTI Program, NIH or other) must be completed and certification filed with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services before your IACUC protocol can be submitted. If you have not received certification, please go to the CITI website to complete your training requirements.
CITI Program Registration Instructions can be found here.
For more information or for questions, contact:
IACUC Committee Members:
Ryan Yoder (Psychology) Committee Chair 843.349.2925
Miranda Brenneman (Psychology) 843.349.4035
Sharon Gilman (Biology) 843.349.2248
David Howard (Community Member At-Large)
Jennifer Kleinfelter, DVM (Attending Veterinarian)
Catherine Scott (Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction) 843.349.6558
Robert Young (ex officio, College of Graduate Studies and Research) 843.349.2277
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