Purpose of the IACUC:
The use of live vertebrate animals in research by a member of the Chapman community requires approval from Chapman’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is charged with evaluating the scientific merit of the experiment while considering the ethical costs to the animals. The committee must ensure that the experiment causes the least possible pain, distress, discomfort and morbidity to the animal and that alternatives to animal use are not available. IACUC approval is required for research, testing and teaching activities regardless of where the activities are carried out - in the laboratory or in a field setting, or source of funding. The IACUC must comply with a variety of requirements issued by federal, state and local governments and non-governmental agencies, while interpreting the regulations in a manner that facilitates and recognizes the value of research and teaching at Chapman. However, federal regulations form the primary basis for IACUC decision making.
All investigators including faculty, administrators and academic professional staff, as well as undergraduate and graduate students must obtain approval from the committee before initiating any work on the project.