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COVID-19: IACUC Directives

COVID-19 Update

Updated: August 31, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Villanova University and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are heeding the guidance of local, state, and national leadership to reduce the spread of the virus.

This document is to provide the University’s research community with information regarding the review and conduct of research involving animals. As was communicated on August 12th in the briefing from the Office of the President, Villanova is planning a full, in-person 2021 academic year. Campus will remain open for the remainder of the semester and adjustments may need to be made to research and other activities. With the assistance of the Office of Research Protections (ORP), the IACUC will continue to be operational during this time.


  • Animal care staff will be maintaining health and welfare of current and incoming animal populations. Please contact your department chairperson as soon as possible to develop emergency and contingency plans for critical animal populations that will remain on campus, if you have not already done so.
  • Animals may now be procured, and new animal work can be initiated. Breeding may now continue for approved non-critical animal populations.
  • The Office of Research Protections (ORP) is fully operational and will continue to support the research community both remotely and in-person ( This team can provide feedback to PIs who may need to modify approved IACUC protocols to reflect updated approaches.
  • Any personnel who is on campus for the care of animal populations should continue to practice social distancing and hygiene consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and University guidance. Please work with your departments to develop appropriate work schedules and other protocols.

These changes will be in place until further notice. The IACUC will adjust this guidance and post changes on the website ( For up-to-date University information, please see Villanova’s COVID-19 website. For guidance on best health safety practices, consult the resources available at the federal, state and local levels such as the CDC ( or the PA Department of Health (

Key Resources

Villanova University COVID-19 Update Page

Contact Information

Research Administration Offices

Middleton Hall Rm 1st
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Office of Grants & Contracts 

For questions, contact or 610-519-4220.

Office of Research Protections

For IRB, IACUC or IBC questions, contact  or 610-519-4228

To report Compliance Issues call EthicsPoint Hotline toll free 1-855-236-1443 or email