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. Muskingum University is no exception, so 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. You can find the ACHS committee's proposed revision of the APAP for its functions and responsibilities at this link.
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 membership of the committee consists of:
- Hallie Baker, Chair
- Robert Sharp
- David Craft
- Lisa Marshall
- Stephanie Allen
- Cory Hryko (student advisor)
- Carly Dickson (student advisor)
- Rachel Elliot, DVM
- Rev. Karen Graham
The committee currently meets every Wednesday afternoon. 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: Protocol for research in the fall semester are reviewed September 1 through November 15. Protocol 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 HERE to download the proposal form. Please combine all documents into one file if possible.
See the link along the left, "How To Submit Proposals", for details. You can find the most current proposal file here. 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.)
Contact the ACHS
Questions or comments can be directed to the ACHS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page last updated 10/05/2012.