The SMU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) relies on the observations of individuals to ensure the well-being of all research animals. All personnel are encouraged to contact any of the individuals or offices listed below if they:
- see animals that appear to be in pain/distress;
- witness or are involved in an incident that may impact the welfare of laboratory animals at SMU;
- have a concern about the conduct of personnel handling laboratory animals; or
- have a concern about protocol integrity or possible scientific misconduct.
All reviews and investigations will be dealt with confidentially to the extent reasonably possible, and SMU ensures that no individual will be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for raising a concern or reporting a violation to any regulation or standard pertaining to animal care and use.
A concern or report can be made anonymously through the SMU Fraud Reporting Program.