Animal Care & Use Indianapolis School of Medicine

Animal Concerns

Who to Report Concerns to About Animal Use

The IUPUI IACUC investigates all concerns regarding the care, treatment, and use of animals for research at the university. Reports can be made through the IACUC e-mail, somiacuc@iupui.edu or reporting concerns to the following.

Joseph Unthank, Ph.D., IUSM IACUC Chair
317-539-1550
iacucchr@iupui.edu


Debra Hickman, DVM, MS, DACLAM
317-274-5886
hickmand@iupui.edu


ORA Anonymous Reporting Hotline:
1-888-236-7542

IACUC would prefer the reports of concerns to be in writing, either by e-mail or memo in order to ensure accuracy and facilitate investigation. If possible, indicate, times, dates, place and procedures of concern. The more specific information provided, the more effective is the IACUC evaluations. Reports can be made to any member of the IACUC.

How to Report Concerns About Animal Use

The IACUC intends for all aspects of animal care and use in research, teaching and testing to fully comply with applicable Federal animal welfare policies and regulations, with the standards of the Guide, and Institutional policies and guidelines. The IU School Of Medicine Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is responsible for monitoring all IU School of Medicine animal care and use activities for compliance with Federal mandates and standards, and with protocols and procedures approved by the IACUC for animal care and use. In addition, the University maintains acreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), an external peer review process that helps assure adherence to high standards.

The investigation of concerns about animal care and use is an important function of the IACUC in assuring compliance with standards. IU and the IACUC encourage reporting of concerns. It is IU’s policy to prohibit discrimination or reprisal against anyone for reporting violations of standards or deviations from policies or approved protocols and procedures for animal care and use.

Procedure for Reporting Concerns:

  • The IACUC investigates all concerns regarding the care, treatment, and use of animals for research at the university. Reports can be made through the IACUC e-mail, somiacuc@iupui.edu or by reporting concerns to the IACUC Chair, IACUC Office personnel, or any member of the IACUC. There is a posting for PI labs where animal use occurs that provides names and contact information for such reporting. It is also on the IACUC web site.
  • IACUC would prefer any reports of concerns to be in writing, by either e-mail or memo in order to ensure accuracy and facilitate investigation. If possible, indicate times, dates, place and procedures of concern.  The more specific information provided, the more effective is the IACUC evaluation. Reports can also be made verbally and anonymously.
  • Functions of the IACUC specified by the Federal Animal Welfare Act Regulations, 9 CFR Part 2, Subpart C include the "Review and, if warranted, investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals at the facility resulting from public complaints received and from reports of noncompliance received from laboratory or research facility personnel or employees". In addition, institutions are required to train personnel in the "methods whereby deficiencies in animal care and treatment are reported including deficiencies in animal care and treatment reported by any employee of the facility."

External Reporting of Concerns

  • The IACUC, through the IO, shall promptly provide OLAW, with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken and any minority views from IACUC members, with respect to:
    • any serious or continuing noncompliance from the AWA;
    • any serious deviation from the Guide; or
    • any suspension of an activity by the IACUC
  • If USDA regulated species are involved in a reported incident, the USDA is notified in writing of the findings of the investigation and actions taken to correct.
  • AAALAC will be notified of correspondence to the NIH/OLAW/USDA.