Activities Subject to Approval

Radiation Safety Program

The goal of the Radiation Safety Program of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is to keep radiation exposure to University personnel, members of the public, and the environment As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and in compliance with state and federal regulations. New faculty or staff planning use of radiation should contact Environmental Health and Safety Services and submit an Authorization Permit application to the Radiation safety official.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all research involving animal subjects at MTSU as defined under the USDA* and PHS.** Refer to the Office of Compliance for general IACUC-related questions. 

*USDA Definition
Animal means any live or dead dog, cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, or any other warm blooded animal, which is being used, or is intended for use for research, teaching, testing, experimentation, or exhibition purposes, or as a pet.  This term excludes:  Birds, rats of the genus Rattus and mice of the genus Mus bred for use in research, and horses not used for research purposes and other farm animals, such as, but not limited to livestock or poultry, used or intended for use as food or fiber, or livestock or poultry used or intended for use for improving animal nutrition, breeding, management, or production efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber."  With respect to a dog, the term means all dogs, including those used for hunting, security, or breeding purposes.

**PHS Definition
Any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research traiing, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purposes.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The MTSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee appointed to oversee any research involving human participants.  The aim of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.  Refer to the Office of Compliance for general IRB-related questions.