Volunteer for Committee Service


The Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) serving as Institutional Official for the Animal Care and Use Program, Human Research Protection Program, and Institutional Biosafety Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on compliance committees. 

Committee membership is governed by regulatory requirements and guidance from federal agencies charged with external oversight of the institutional compliance programs.  Members will be appointed to 3 year terms unless circumstances dictate otherwise.  The committee members serve as positive, professional examples of adherence to principles and ethics in their respective fields.  The committees are currently full but those interested in volunteering for future service on a compliance committee may do so by completing a Membership Application Form.  

Animal Care and Use Program             

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a part of the AU Animal Program which is responsible for the ethical and regulatory requirements related to the use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, outreach, production, and demonstration by AU investigators or conducted on AU premises.  The IACUC meets twice a month (usually first and third Thursday of each month) to review protocol submissions and discuss other business as needed.  In addition, IACUC members conduct semi-annual inspections of animal facilities and may participate in semi-annual program evaluations.  All members are subject to roles and responsibilities including training, continuing education, meeting attendance, protocol review, service on subcommittees, or other responsibilities as assigned.  Each member must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to service.

Human Research Protection Program

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a part of the AU Human Research Protection Program which is responsible for the ethical and regulatory requirements related to the protection of human participants in research.  The IRB meets once a month (usually the second or third Wednesday) to review protocol submissions and discuss other business as needed.  All members are subject to roles and responsibilities including training, continuing education, meeting attendance, protocol review, service on subcommittees, or other responsibilities as assigned.  Each member must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to service.

Biological Safety Program

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a part of the AU Biological Safety Program and is responsible for regulatory and safety requirements related to the use of biohazardous materials in teaching, research, and related activities.  The IBC meets once a month (usually the first Wednesday) to review biological use authorizations (BUA) and discuss other business as needed.  All members are subject to roles and responsibilities including training, continuing education, meeting attendance, BUA review, service on subcommittees, or other responsibilities as assigned.  Each member must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to service.