The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee which is responsible for the assurance of compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations concerning vertebrate use for teaching and research.

The Smith College IACUC provides assistance to principle investigators and instructors with fulfilling their obligations to work with animals in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.  The IACUC ensures that all research and teaching protocols using live vertebrate animals are designed and carried out in a humane manner and in compliance with all applicable laws, policies, and guidelines.  The IACUC is responsible for the following:

    1. Reviewing and approving all protocols for research and/or teaching involving live vertebrate animals,
    2. Ensuring compliance with federal regulations,
    3. Inspecting animal facilities and laboratories where work with animals is conducted
    4. Overseeing animal care and use training programs.


The IACUC reviews, investigate, and take appropriate corrective action as needed for all concerns involving the care and use of animals at Smith College. The IACUC assesses the animal care and use program using all applicable federal, state and local regulations as guidance. This work includes inspection of all facilities where work with animals is conducted, at least once every six months.

The IACUC prepares reports and make recommendations regarding the animal program, facilities, and personnel training to the Institutional Official (IO) regarding the Animal Care and Use program.

Information regarding application submissions, renewals, amendments, committee meetings, general guidance, animal welfare concerns, and other questions can be directed to

Complainant Protection Policy

The IACUC is required to review allegations of misconduct and to take action to protect the health and well being of animals. Please contact any member of the IACUC or submit an Online Complaint Form if you have a concern about animal welfare. Complaints can also be submitted anonymously as notes sent by interoffice mail to any IACUC member. Reviewing complaints and allegations of noncompliance is critical to the IACUC’s ability to provide humane animal welfare. A climate free of fear of sanction is required to foster appropriate reports and ensure a fair review of allegations. Retaliation against good faith “whistleblowers” is illegal and will not be tolerated at this institution.

Investigator Noncompliance

The IACUC is required to review allegations of Principle Investigator/Instructor noncompliance with IACUC approved proposals as well as federal regulations and college policy pertaining to animal used for research and teaching. The IACUC also reviews allegations of misconduct that affects the health and wellbeing of animals. Incidents of noncompliance will be reviewed by the IACUC for corrective action appropriate to the incident. In all cases the IACUC’s primary concern will be to protect animal welfare.

The findings of investigations may involve reporting to USDA APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) and/or OLAW (Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare), and any other sponsoring federal department or agency head. Specifically, reporting is necessary if findings involve any serious or continuing noncompliance with the regulations or requirements of the IACUC.

Online Complaint Form

You have the right to report any concerns you have about the way research with animals was conducted and/or possible misconduct by the Principal Investigator or Instructor. The IACUC will keep this report confidential and conduct an investigation if necessary. Please provide as much information as possible when completing the form.