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Compliance for Using Animals Research

For concerns, comments, or requests for further information, please contact us.

The process for reviewing all research and research training activities involving animals is carried out by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is authorized to request modifications, approve, withhold approval, or suspend animal research and teaching projects.

All projects (with or without internal or external funding) which involve the use of animals must undergo IACUC review and receive approval prior to initiation. Investigators are required to submit a completed Animal Use Protocol Form to the IACUC for review by the Committee.

The Committee is comprised of scientific, affiliated members of Western Illinois University, as well as non-scientific and non-affiliated members, to ensure a balance of professional expertise and community perspective. All committee members participate in the review process. IACUC policies and procedures are designed to ensure that the review is conducted with thoroughness, consistency and objectivity in a manner allowing each member to exercise independent judgment.

In addition to reviewing specific research projects, the IACUC also carries out other federally mandated functions such as 

  • reviewing and reporting on the overall animal program
  • inspection and evaluation of all of the animal facilities
  • investigation of legitimate concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution

Mandatory Training for all Individuals Engaged in Research with Animals: 
Before you can engage in research that involves animals at Western Illinois University you must complete the mandatory Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) modules. Please see the following document for directions: 
CITI Instructions for Research with Animals .


 Contact Information

Sandra McFadden, IACUC Chair
159 Waggoner Hall
(309) 298-1593

Rebecca Van Tine, Compliance Specialist
Office of Sponsored Projects
320 Sherman Hall
(309) 298-1191



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