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)
July 3, 2017 August 16, 2017 August 31, 2017
July 31, 2017 September 13, 2017 September 30, 2017
August 28, 2017 October 11, 2017 October 31, 2017
September 25, 2017 November 8, 2017 November 30, 2017
October 30, 2017 December 13, 2017 December 31, 2017
November 20, 2017 January 17, 2018 January 31, 2018
December 18, 2017 February 14, 2018 February 28, 2018
January 29, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 31, 2018
February 26, 2018 April 11, 2018 April 30, 2018
March 26, 2018 May 9, 2018 May 31, 2018
April 30, 2018 June 13, 2018 June 30, 2018

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).

In eProtocol, you can clone the existing protocol that is due for its de novo review, make any necessary changes, and submit this “new” protocol for the de novo review.  To clone an existing, approved protocol, see the eProtocol Quick Guide on Clone (Copy) a Protocol.

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.

Amendments: Amendments can be submitted at any time. Amendment submissions are triaged daily 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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