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:
- Richard Arnold, Chair
- Mark Stambush
- Aliyah Byron
- Heidi Wolfe
- Steve McGuire
- Debbie Phillips
- Joe Shaeffer
- Rachel Elliot, DVM
- Rev. Karen Graham
In general, you can expect to receive feedback within two weeks of the committee receiving the proposal from the advisor. However, there are certain peak times, toward the end of the semester, when volume is high and the committee might need more time. So please submit as early in the semester as possible, especially if you need a quick turnaround on your proposal. If there is a complication or serious issue that requires the committee to take more time, you will receive word about the issue as soon as the committee becomes aware of it.
Semester Deadline: Proposals for research in the fall semester are reviewed September 1 through November 6. Proposals for research in the spring semester are reviewed January 11 through April 1. Any research that you wish to begin during the semester in question must be submitted by the deadline in order to give the committee time to consider your proposal within that semester. You may submit proposals after the deadline if you do not need approval by the end of the semester in question.
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.
NEW ***When do I need to get written consent for a research study?***
While signed consent forms are the default option for demonstrating you have received consent when conducting research with human subjects, the Code of Federal Regulations  (Available at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.116) says the following:
'(c) An IRB may waive the requirement for the investigator to obtain a signed consent form for some or all subjects if it finds either: (1) That the only record linking the subject and the research would be the consent document and the principal risk would be potential harm resulting from a breach of confidentiality. Each subject will be asked whether the subject wants documentation linking the subject with the research, and the subject's wishes will govern; or (2) That the research presents no more than minimal risk of harm to subjects and involves no procedures for which written consent is normally required outside of the research context.In cases in which the documentation requirement is waived, the IRB may require the investigator to provide subjects with a written statement regarding the research.'
So if the work you are doing would be anonymous if there were no signed form for informed consent and there is risk involved, you may apply for a waiver of documentation. If, on the other hand, the work has no foreseen risks involved and you would otherwise not ask for signed consent, then you may also apply for informed consent. In both cases, however, you must offer subjects a written statement of how to contact you and what they are doing in the project.
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. For more information about which category to use (and whether your research qualifies as exempt), click HERE:
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 2/4/2016.