Next meeting: March 28
Research on Animals
The School of Arts & Sciences is committed to ethical research practices. Students and faculty often conduct research on both human subjects and animal subjects, and a series of guidelines and review processes help ensure that experiments are well designed and respect the rights of all living things.
The School of Arts & Sciences is the only school on the University of Richmond campus where faculty members regularly conduct research that affects animals. Students and faculty engaging in research with animals at the University of Richmond must conduct research in compliance with ethical standards established by the federal government. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures compliance with these standards by reviewing all research involving animals before, during, and after it is conducted.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The School follows protocol established by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Like research conducted on human subjects, faculty and students must submit research proposals for approval prior to beginning their work. The IACUC meets monthly, and proposals are due one week prior to each meeting. Proposals should be submitted to Robert Plymale, Boatwright Library Administration Wing, Room 003A. Researchers must continue to renew approved proposals yearly.
The IACUC chair is Dr. Malcolm Hill, Associate Dean.
Application to conduct animal research
In addition to any applications you may have made for funding, you must also complete the Animal Care and Use Form. Please contact Robert Plymale if you have any questions.
As you complete your application, you may wish to consider additional information provided by the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, AAALAC, IACUC.org, and the National Institutes of Health.
Renewal of previously approved research
If your research project has previously received approval from IACUC, you must submit either the annual review form or, if you are in the third year of research, the third-year review form.
Acquisition and disposal
When you must acquire or dispose of animals, complete an acquisition and disposal form and submit a copy to IACUC. In addition, you must adhere to the guidelines on euthanasia (provided by the University of Iowa) as appropriate.
IACUC Proposal Deadlines
IACUC meets once per month. All applications and renewals must be received by the IACUC chair on the deadline date. Proposals not submitted by the deadline date will not be reviewed. The original and 10 copies are required.
The University of Richmond's policy for responding to allegations of research misconduct is adapted from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity’s sample policy. The full policy is available on the website of the Office of Foundations, Corporate and Government Relations.
All individuals who conduct research with animals are required to complete CITI training.