Institutional Animal Care And Use Committee - Academic Standing Committees - Christopher Newport University

Academic Standing Committees

Institutional Animal Care And Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that the care and use of all live vertebrate animals by the university community is done according to all appropriate state and federal guidelines, in an ethical and humane manner.

IACUC functions

With respect to activities involving animals, the IACUC, as an agent of the university, shall:

  • Review, at least once every six months, the university’s program for humane care and use of animals, in accordance with all applicable regulations
  • Inspect, at least once every six months, all of the university’s animal facilities
  • Prepare reports of its evaluations to the institutional officer (IO) in charge of the animal care and use program
  • Review, and if warranted, investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals at CNU resulting from complaints received
  • Make recommendations to the IO regarding any aspect of the university’s animal program, facilities and training
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of those components of proposed activities related to the care and use of vertebrate animals
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding animal care and use in ongoing activities.

IACUC is authorized to suspend any activity involving animals. Click the link below to anonymously report an animal welfare concern.

Proposal Due Date* IACUC Meeting
1/15/2024 1/23/2024
2/5/2024 2/13/2024
3/11/2024 3/19/2024
4/15/2024 4/23/2024

*Proposal must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the dates listed

Proposals should be sent to chair of the IACUC at

Training Sessions

Student IACUC Orientation
Tuesday, February 13 or Tuesday, April 23
Forbes 2070D
12:20 - 1 p.m.

Please pre-register by emailing at least 24 hours prior to the session. 

All use of live vertebrate animals at Christopher Newport is overseen by the IACUC according to guidelines for the humane and ethical treatment of animals.

Questions or concerns about the possible mistreatment or misuse of live vertebrates at CNU should be directed to the committee by email ( or by calling the IACUC chair or the Office of the Provost at (757) 594-7050. Reports may be made anonymously.

For after-hours emergencies, call University Police 594-7777. The provost will ensure that no reprisals will occur as a result of any reports or inquiries.

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