Open Applications

This information is for applications that have already been approved by the WWU Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC).

Requesting Changes

Reporting Issues

Extending Your Project

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Requesting Changes

When in doubt, talk to a Research Compliance Officer.

All changes to approved protocols require ACUC approval. Assume that if the ACUC approved it originally, that we will need to re-approve it when changed. This includes any changes to your:

  • Species of animal
  • Number of animals to be used
  • Lead investigators
  • Research team or personnel

Please submit a Renewal Form, selecting the option "To be renewed with attached changes."

Reporting Issues

Our office is here to help guide you through adverse events or any breach in the responsible conduct of research framework.

Please report any adverse events or issues that arise in your research and soon as possible, so that we can help you navigate the situation.

This includes issues such as:

  • Animal mortality
  • An injury occured as result of your research
  • Discovering a protocol deviation
  • Any non-compliance issues

Please send an email to as soon as possible after the event occured or was reported with the following information.

  • The subject line: Animal Subject Problem Report (your protocol number)
  • The lead investigator's full name
  • A full description of the adverse event

Renewing Your Project

Open applications require continuing review each year. A renewal notice will be sent to the researcher 2 months prior to the expiration date. Renewals can be combined with modifications if needed.

An ongoing research project must be rewritten and resubmitted every 3 years.

Please submit a Renewal Form.