Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Rensselaer's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that Rensselaer researchers provide humane care and follow ethical guidelines for all research involving animals.

The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare strictly regulates the care and use of animals in research. The federal mandate reads: "Each institution which falls under authority of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) protects all mammals beyond but not including rodents and/or receives PHS support for research and teaching involving laboratory animals must operate a program with clear lines of authority and responsibility, a properly functioning Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), procedures for self-monitoring, adequate veterinary care, a program of occupational health, sound animal husbandry practices and appropriate maintenance of facilities for housing animals." 

  • The IACUC reports to the Vice President for Research, who is the Rensselaer Institutional Official (IO) of record.
  • Researchers must follow the guidelines described in the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (8th edition).
  • Rensselaer retains the services of a licensed veterinarian who is certified in the field of laboratory animal medicine.
  • Rensselaer provides occupational health guidance and care for all researchers and staff.

Ryan Gilbert, Ph.D., Chair
Robert Hull, Ph.D., Institutional Official (IO)
Jack Huang, Ph.D., Director, Grants and Compliance

The IACUC protocol submission process is managed through the Mentor IACUC system.

Accessing Mentor IACUC

  1. Access the Mentor login page: ​
  2. Use your RCS ID (Rensselaer email username) and RCS password to log in.

Navigating Mentor IACUC

Upon login, Principal Investigators (PIs) will be directed to the IACUC Info page, which includes general guidelines for submitting a new protocol. The links along the left direct you to the following sections:

  • Documentation: Forms, instructions and policies regarding protocol preparation and IACUC review.
  • My Protocols: The page where you will create and manage your IACUC protocols.
  • CITI Course Completion: A record of the CITI training courses you have completed. CITI course certificates should automatically load into Mentor system from the CITI training site if you registered for CITI with your RPI email. If your certificates do not appear on the CITI Course Completion page, you may upload them manually using the Upload button next to the relevant course title. You are responsible for keeping your certifications up to date.

Submitting a Research Protocol for IACUC Review

  1. Download the IACUC Protocol Submission Form and fill out completely.
  2. Go to My Protocols and click Create New Protocol. Enter the requested information and upload Protocol Description.
  3. Once you have uploaded your documents, click Save to submit your protocol. You should receive an email confirmation of your submission.

Monitoring Review of Research Protocols

  1. After submission, you will receive additional email notifications as your Protocol moves through the IACUC Review process. Quite often, a protocol requires revisions prior to final review. You may log into Mentor IACUC at any point to view the status of your protocol.
  2. Once your Protocol has received IACUC approval, you may use the sub-tabs at the bottom of Protocol record to submit Continuing Review, Protocol Changes, or Adverse Event Reports.
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