For assistance with submitting an Animal Use Protocol (AUP):

ACUC Meeting Dates and Deadlines

Submission Deadline Meeting Date Expiration Date (for de novo AUPs only)
September 26, 2022 November 9, 2022 November 30, 2022
October 31, 2022 December 14, 2022 December 31, 2022
December 5, 2022 January 18, 2023 January 31, 2023
January 9, 2023 February 8, 2023 February 28, 2023
January 30, 2023 March 8, 2023 March 31, 2023
February 27, 2023 April 12, 2023 April 30, 2023
March 27, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 31, 2023
April 24, 2023 June 14, 2023 June 30, 2023
June 26, 2023 August 16, 2023 August 31, 2023
July 24, 2023 September 13, 2023 September 30, 2023
August 28, 2023 October 11, 2023 October 31, 2023
September 25, 2023 November 8, 2023 November 30, 2023
October 30, 2023 December 13, 2023 December 31, 2023

Protocol Submission

Any individual with Principal Investigator (PI) or Instructor of Record status wishing to use live vertebrate animals in research or teaching must submit an AUP for ACUC review and approval. An AUP describes all uses of live vertebrate animals proposed by an individual Principal Investigator for a three-year period. The AUP must be fully approved by the ACUC before acquisition, housing or use of animals.

IMPORTANT! Research or instruction using vertebrate animals cannot begin until the ACUC has approved the AUP and/or revision. Likewise, if an AUP approval lapses, research or teaching must cease immediately until approval is restored.

Criteria used to determine the type of review a protocol undergoes is described in the ACUC’s Policy on Protocol Review.

New Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Reviews: All new AUPs will be reviewed by Full Committee Review (FCR). AUPs must be submitted by the deadlines above for the ACUC meeting dates.

De novo Reviews: De novo AUPs may be reviewed by the FCR or Designated Member Review (DMR) process.  Regardless of the review type, all de novo AUPs must be submitted by deadlines associated with the expiration date of their current AUP (see above).

Annual Continuing Reviews: An annual review is conducted by the Chair and/or Vice Chair. A reminder email will be sent to the PI,  and the Annual Review form is submitted in eProtocol. Annual reviews are only required for Department of Defense (DoD) funded protocols or protocols using USDA regulated species.

Amendments: Amendments can be submitted at any time. Amendment submissions are triaged twice a week as eligible for FCR, DMR or Administrative Review.

  • FCR Amendments: Amendments that require Full Committee Review will be assigned to an upcoming ACUC Meeting based on the submission deadlines listed above on the FCR Meeting Calendar.
  • DMR Amendments: The DMR process take a minimum of one week; however, this timeframe is completely dependent on the response time of the reviewers and PIs.
  • Administrative Amendments: The administrative review process takes a minimum of one day; however, this timeframe is completely dependent on the response time of the reviewers and PIs.


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