Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

OLAW Webinar on Pandemic Contingency Planning and Its Impact on Animal Care.

Please follow this link for more information. 

COVD-19 Emergency 

During the current COVID-19 emergency, the Research Compliance staff are working remotely, and in the office,  and are available to discuss issues associated with submission and review of applications submitted  to IAUC or any other business relating to animal research. 

The IACUC remains active during the Stay Safe, Stay Home order. We are, and will continue, to review new protocols, renewals, amendments, and continuing reviews.

Please note, as is also the case during routine operations, IACUC approval should not be interpreted as permission to initiate animal research. This is particularly noted during the COVID-19 crisis, or during other crises for which the administration has directed a suspension of research activities.

In addition, per direction from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), project approvals, even approvals granted during periods of local research suspension by governments and institutions, remain effective for three years. A project approved during the COVID-19 crisis will need to be renewed before the three year anniversary date of approval, if the project will continue.

Please contact the IACUC Coordinator, Tracee Wilson ( ), IACUC Chairperson, Dr. Jon Kelty ( to verify that you may continue your research activities, or if you have any questions about any of the above-mentioned information. 


The Central Michigan University Animal Welfare Assurance charges the Vice President for Research as the Institutional Official (IO) responsible for ensuring that all research involving animals conducted at Central Michigan University is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service regulations and all other relevant state and federal regulations. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged by the Animal Welfare Assurance and the Animals on Campus Policy with reviewing and approving all animal use activities related to teaching, research or outreach.

The IACUC at CMU uses The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ("The Guide"), as well as guidelines published by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) to establish standards of practice and standards of performance for acceptable use of animals in teaching, research, and outreach. These standards are reflected in the policies and guidelines that the IACUC has put in place. Policies and guidelines can be referenced by researchers to simplify protocol writing. Deviations from policies and guidelines must be described in an IACUC-approved protocol and scientifically justified.

Policies, guidelines and other useful links can be found along the right side of this page. Required training in animal research protections is available through the CITI Program. 

To report a research concern, click the "Report a Research Concern" link at the bottom of this page or contact the Office of Research Compliance. If you have any questions about the CMU Animal Research Protection Program or about the operation of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, please contact us at 989-774-7313

Tell Us How We're Doing

Comments about the program, concerns about operations, or suggestions for improvement are always welcome. Please direct them to the Interim Director of the Office of Research Compliance, Manuel Rupe.

Effective May 24, 2019, CMU is no longer using IRBNet. You may still use to obtain historical documents. 

Effective Summer 2019, the IACUC will begin accepting protocols through
IRBManager. If you need training or assistance with IRBManager, please contact the IACUC Coordinator at 989-774-7313.

Updated 8/24/2021

Report a Research Concern