1. Any complaint regarding possible
inappropriate care or handling of animals should be made to one
of the offices identified at the end of this notice. The verbal
or written complaint should include a factual description with
date, time, location, animal species, numbers and identification
of animals, specific care or handling concerns, and any other
relevant details. Anonymous complaints are acceptable if sufficient
detail is provided to allow adequate investigation of the charges.
2. The complainants identity will be
kept confidential when requested.
3. The office which initially received the
complaint shall forward it to the Compliance Office as soon as
possible and in no event more than 12 hours after receiving it.
4. The Compliance Office will review the complaint,
contact the IACUC Chair, and schedule a subcommittee to review
the complaint within three (3) business days. If in the opinion
of the Compliance Office and IACUC Chair, immediate intervention
is warranted, they shall contact the Office of the Chancellor
5. An initial review of the complaint and
alleged violation shall be conducted by the IACUC (or designated
subcommittee) with available information (except the name of the
complainant). The subcommittee will establish the time frame necessary
to investigate and determine the proper action needed to resolve
the problem, and the Compliance Office will inform the complainant,
6. If the initial review of the investigation
reveals that any inappropriate care of the animals may be occurring,
the IACUC will provide written notification to the personnel involved
of the IACUCs concerns and provide the individual with an
opportunity to respond to the complaint within 24 hours.
7. In cases where significant problems are
identified which are not satisfactorily resolved between the IACUC
and the investigator, the IACUC may make recommendations to the
Office of the Chancellor for immediate corrective action.
8. The Office of the Chancellor or program
designee may elect to intervene at any time to demand the Principle
Investigator or Course Instructor cease and desist.
9. Any discrimination or reprisals as a result
of reporting inappropriate care of animals will be reported to
the Office of the Chancellor. Fabrication of false allegations
will be reported to the Office of the Chancellor.
10. The IACUC will be responsible for maintaining
a file documenting complaints, committee reviews and actions taken
or recommended to rectify the problems identified. Significant
violations will be reported to the appropriate Federal Agencies.