Cleveland State University (CSU), hereinafter referred to as Institution, hereby gives assurance that it will comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, hereinafter referred to as PHS Policy.
This Assurance is applicable to all research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, and related activities, hereinafter referred to as activities, involving live, vertebrate animals supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) and conducted at CSU, or at another institution as a consequence of the sub-granting or subcontracting of a PHS conducted or supported activity by this institution. There are no branches or components of this institution.
This Institution will comply with all applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act and other Federal Statutes and regulations relating to animals.
This Institution is guided by the "U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training."
This Institution acknowledges and accepts responsibility for the care and use of animals involved in activities covered by this Assurance. As partial fulfillment of this responsibility, this Institution will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all individuals involved in the care and use of laboratory animals understand their individual and collective responsibilities for compliance with this Assurance as well as all other applicable laws and regulations pertaining to animals care and use.
This Institution has established and will maintain a program for activities involving animals in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide)
The lines of authority and responsibility for administering the program and ensuring compliance with this policy are available through the Office of Sponsored Program and Research (OSPR).
The chairperson and members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are appointed directly by the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies. At CSU, the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies is both the Chief Executive Officer and Institutional Official (IO). The committee is supported by staff under the supervision of the Vice President of Research & Graduate Studies. Animal facilities at the University are under the direction of the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies. The Consulting Veterinarian reports both to the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies in matters related to the day-to-day veterinary care of animals and to the Chairperson of the Animal Care and Use Committee for policy matters related to the University's compliance with applicable federal regulations. The Animal Research Facility Manager reports directly to the Director of Sponsored Programs.
The qualifications and authority of the veterinarian who will participate in the program are available through the OSPR.
This Institution has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the Institution's animal program, facilities, and procedures. The IACUC consists of at least five members, and its membership meets the composition requirements set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.A.3.b. A list of members is available through OSPR.
The IACUC will:
The individual(s) authorized by this Institution to verify IACUC approval of those sections of applications and proposals related to the care and use of animals is the Chairperson of the IACUC.
The health program for personnel who work in laboratory animal facilities or have frequent contact with animals is available by contacting OSPR.
Cleveland State University ensures the qualifications of those performing animal research are adequate. High standards of professional conduct are expected of all faculty researchers. CSU faculty members train technicians and students, both graduate and undergraduate, in proper methods of animal anesthesia, surgery, or other experimental manipulations. For more specialized training involving hazardous, biological, or chemical agents, researchers may take special training at other universities or government laboratories.
All of this Institution's programs and facilities (including satellite facilities) for activities
involving animals have been evaluated by the IACUC within the past six months and will
be re-evaluated by the IACUC at least once every six months thereafter, in accord with
the PHS Policy IV.B.1-2. Reports have been and will continue to be prepared in accord
with the PHS Policy IV.B.3. All IACUC semiannual reports will include a description of the nature and extent of this Institution's adherence to the "Guide." Any departures from
the "Guide" will be identified specifically and reasons for each departure will be stated.
Reports will distinguish significant deficiencies from minor deficiencies. Where program
or facility deficiencies are noted, reports will contain a reasonable and specific plan and
schedule for correcting each deficiency. Semiannual reports of the IACUC's evaluations
will be submitted to the Institutional Official. Semiannual reports of IACUC evaluations
will be maintained by this Institution and made available to the OLAW upon request.
This Institution will maintain for at least three years:
This Institution will maintain records that relate directly to applications, proposal, and proposed changes in ongoing activities reviewed and approved by the IACUC for the duration of the activity and for an additional three years after completion of the activity.
All records shall be accessible for inspection and copying by authorized OLAW or other PHS representatives at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner.
The IACUC, through the Institutional Official, will submit an annual report to OLAW on January 31st of each year. The report will include:
The IACUC, through the Institutional Official, will provide the OLAW promptly with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken with respect to: