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)
March 29, 2021 May 12, 2021 May 31, 2021
April 26, 2021 June 9, 2021 June 30, 2021
July 5, 2021 August 18, 2021 August 31, 2021
July 26, 2021 September 8, 2021 September 30, 2021
August 30, 2021 October 13, 2021 October 31, 2021
September 27, 2021 November 10, 2021 November 30, 2021
October 18, 2021 December 8, 2021 December 31, 2021
December 6, 2021 January 19, 2022 January 31, 2022
January 3, 2022 February 9, 2022 February 28, 2022
January 31, 2022 March 9, 2022 March 31, 2022
February 28, 2022 April 13, 2022 April 30, 2022
March 28, 2022 May 11, 2022 May 31, 2022
April 25, 2022 June 8, 2022 June 30, 2022

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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