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Reporting Animal Welfare Concern

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is committed to the humane and responsible treatment of all animals being used for research, testing or education. All laboratory animals receive proper care in accordance with Public Health Services Policy, the Animal Welfare Act and the institution’s animal care and use committee policies and guidelines.

All persons involved with the use of animals in research must know how to report concerns with animal care and use. There are no restrictions on who may report an alleged incident. Under no circumstances will reporting such incidences in good faith be detrimental to an individual’s standing within the institution. No person will be discriminated against or subject to any reprisal for reporting a concern or violation of any animal care and use regulation or standard. Concerns may be sent by phone, in writing, in person, or by email. The person may remain anonymous.

The Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committee (LACUC) will investigate reports of suspected animal abuse or mistreatment. If you observe or suspect animal abuse, mistreatment, or non-compliance with federal, state or local regulations or non-compliance with an approved protocol, please report the incident. All of the information obtained from individual reporting, as well as information obtained during investigation, will be maintained confidential.

Any person who witnesses or suspects misuse of animals is strongly encouraged to report his/her concerns. Contact Information (link to contact page)

Contact Information:

Compliance Hotline (anonymous reporting)    (217) 545-7479
Associate Dean for Research                              (217) 545-7936
Laboratory Care and Use Committee, Chair   (217) 545-7936
Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine          (217) 545-3053