The IACUC is charged with the responsibility for review, approval and surveillance of all research and teaching protocols involving the use of animals at the University of Chicago. This review and surveillance is conducted to assure the humane care and use of animals in these protocols.


Using animals in research or teaching requires the prior approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC works closely with the Animal Resources Center (ARC), which is responsible for the animal procurement, facilities, husbandry, and specialized veterinary services. The use of animals in research and teaching is governed by federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). The University of Chicago Animal Care Program has an approved Assurance with the NIH, is registered with the USDA and has Full Accreditation from AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care). The IACUC/ARC policies and guidelines are designed to ensure institutional compliance with these agencies’ regulations and to maintain our AALAC Accreditation status. The Institutional Official for the University of Chicago IACUC is Dr. Kenneth S. Polonsky, Dean of the Biological Sciences Division.


AIMS is a web-based ARC-IACUC Management System that allows the investigator to:

  • See a list of approved IACUC protocols, including approval/expiration dates and the number of animals approved/used
  • Check status of pending protocols and amendments
  • Complete and submit the IACUC Annual Surveys
  • Place and view orders with ARC for animals, diets, supplies and eggs
  • Check the training records for you and your staff
  • See the cage cards on census and order cage cards
  • View your billing statements


As the University of Chicago accepts funds from the NIH for animal research the University must comply with PHS Policy and has on file an approved PHS Assurance.  This Assurance defines the relationship of the University of Chicago to the PHS and sets forth the responsibilities and procedures regarding the care and use of laboratory animals.  The PHS Assurance was last approved on July 9, 2015 and is due for resubmission and approval every four years.  Annual updates are required to inform PHS of any changes to the animal care and use program during the subsequent year.  The current approved Assurance is found here.