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Important Update:

The university is operating at Level 2 for the first two weeks of classes for the spring 2022 semester.

For classes, this means faculty will have the discretion to choose a fully remote format, hybrid format or fully in-person format. Masks will be mandatory the first two weeks for in-person classes, with faculty offering a plan for students unable to attend in person. These changes begin for classes Jan.12.

Visit the COVID-19 website to report a positive test, symptoms or exposure, for vaccine and testing information and for other COVID-19 resources. 

Animal Research Subjects

UCO is committed to the humane care and use of vertebrate animals in animal research and educational activities, as mandated by the Animal Welfare Act and implemented by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health (OLAW).

All research and educational instruction involving vertebrate animals conducted by UCO faculty, staff, or students must be reviewed and approved by the UCO Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to inception, to insure the rights and welfare of vertebrate animals are properly protected. Further information and guidance regarding the laws and regulations which govern the care and use of animals in research and teaching can be found at the OLAW website listed above.

Please direct and questions and protocol submissions to

Additionally, call (405) 974-5497 with questions you may have.

Protecting Animals in Research

All PIs and personnel working with animal subjects will need to obtain a certificate identifying completion of training for protecting and working with animals in research activities. The steps for registering to take this training can be found here. This certification will remain valid for three consecutive years as required by the Department of Health and Human Services regulations.