At Governors State University all projects involving animals must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

IACUC is a federally mandated committee, qualified through the experience and expertise of its members, that oversees an institution's animal program, facilities and procedures. It provides a framework for compliance with federal policies, guidelines and principles related to the use of animals in research, teaching and testing.

USDA and PHS require institutions using animals to appoint an IACUC and charge it with specific responsibilities.

To ensure compliance with all federal, state and GSU regulations, policies and standards in place to protect animal welfare, IACUC members review all requests for approval to use vertebrate animals. It also conducts inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal use and reports its findings.


Committee Members

Dr. Walter Henne, Co-Chair

Dr. Renee Theiss, Co-Chair

Mr. Ronald Bachus, Environmental Health and Safety

Dr. Erin Grey, Practicing Scientist 

Dr. Deborah James, Non-Scientific Background

Dr. Scott Keller, Veterinarian

Ms. Jennifer Padilla, Non-affiliated Member

Mr. Jordan A. Sigale, Non-affiliated Member 

Dr. John Yunger, Practicing Scientist


Animal Care and Use Informaiton

Animal Care and Use CITI Training - GSU has an organizational subscription to CITI. GSU faculty, staff and students can register with CITI using their GSU email address and affiliate with Governors State University during registration.

IACUC Protocol Form 

Protocol Amendment Form

Annual Review Form

Animal Welfare in Illinois

NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service

Policy 57: Policies and Procedures Pertaining to Research Involving the Use of Animals



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Next Meeting date will be in November.