I want to work with live vertebrates in my lab, classroom, or on a field excursion. Do I have to submit a protocol?test

Yes. All uses of live vertebrate animals in teaching, research or testing must be approved in advance by the DePaul University IACUC, before any animals are collected, ordered, or obtained or before having any interaction or initiating an observational study or activity.

Yes. DePaul University is covered by an Animal Welfare Assurance therefore, it must comply with PHS Policy. PHS Policy doesn't distinguish between field studies and laboratory studies. Therefore, PRIOR to starting a field study the researcher MUST submit an IACUC protocol application and receive IACUC approval​.​

I use fertile reptilian, amphibian, fish, or avian eggs. Do I have to submit a protocol?test

No, but you should inform the IACUC that work with fertile eggs is commencing. Send an email to the Director of Research Protections sloesspe@depaul.edu​ before work begins.

Where do I get the forms that I have to submit? test

Forms are available on the Forms and Templates​ page.

I want to start my animal work right away. When do I have to submit the protocol?test

Protocols should be submitted at least 8 weeks before the use of animals is to begin. The IACUC meets only once per month during the academic year, and many protocols require revisions before they can be approved. ​

I have a grant application due. When should I submit the corresponding protocol to the IACUC?test

Most agencies require documentation of IACUC-approval before awarding grants, but researchers are not required to have secured IACUC-approval prior to submitting the grant proposals. Researchers should check with the granting agency to determine the deadline for documenting IACUC approval and should work with the Office of Research Services to ensure that protocols are submitted with sufficient time for IACUC review and approval.​

Can I keep vertebrate animals in my lab or classroom?test

These housing arrangements should be part of your protocol application. They must be approved by the IACUC before any animals arrive. Housing guidelines are outlined in the Animal Care and Use Handbook.​