Animal Care and Human Subjects Committee
Per Federal guidelines every institution must have an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for maintaining safey and integrity in its research practices. The Animal Care and Human Subjects (ACHS) committee serves the role of an IRB for the university.
The APAP describes the functions and responsibilities of committees at the university.
The primary purpose of the ACHS is to ensure you understand what risks exist for the subjects of your research, and that you have minimized those risks. To protect your subjects, we may request changes to your procedures or forms.
With regards to the use of animals in classrooms,
all animal experimentation requires review and approval by the ACHS committee. While we support the educational use of live animals in the classroom, ultimately decisions to incorporate live animals in the classroom should balance the ethical and responsible care of animals with their educational value.
Faculty considering the use of live animals in their classroom should also consider alternatives to the use of live animals. The Altweb site may be useful.
Research Advisor Checklist
Research advisors, please download the Research Advisor Checklist and do not submit proposals that fail any of the checklist items. Your cooperation ensures that when you do submit proposals, they can be approved in a timely manner.
The current committee consists of:
- Stephanie Allen, Chair
- David Craft
- Robert Sharp
- Lisa Marshall
- Richard Arnold
- Eric Law
- Carly Dickson (student advisor)
- Rachel Elliot, DVM
- Rev. Karen Graham
The committee currently meets on Wednesday afternoons. Proposals must be submitted by Friday at noon to be considered for the next meeting. Barring a deluge of proposals, research advisors should hear back later in the same week of the meeting.
Semester Deadline: Proposals for research in the fall semester are reviewed September 1 through November 15. Proposals for research in the spring semester are reviewed January 5 through April 15.
First time submitters may wish to view this list of frequently asked questions. This will help to reduce the numbers of resubmissions you may need to make.
Click on the Human Subjects Form link below to download the proposal form. Please combine all documents into one file if possible. Only faculty members should send proposals to ACHS! If you are a student, your proposal must go through your faculty advisor.
Human Subjects Form Revised Fall 2013
See the link along the left, "How To Submit Proposals", for details. An informed consent form template and a further explanations page are provided for your recommended use. (Please remember to delete all prompts and extra pages when submitting your protocol for the committee to review.) To modify a study that has been previouslyapproved, use this form.
We have new exempt forms! Be sure to select the one that fits your exempt category:
Exempt Form for Category 1 Educational Strategies Curricula or Classroom Management Methods
Exempt Form for Category 2 Tests Surveys Interviews Observations
Exempt Form for Category 3 Existing Data Documents or Records
Exempt Form for Category 3a Retrospective Medical Record Review
Exempt Form for Category 4 Research with Biological Specimens
Contact the ACHS
Questions or comments can be directed to the ACHS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page last updated 9/13/2013.