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IACUC Office Staff:
ARROW is the online tool that PIs use to submit their protocols for IACUC review. Keep these details in mind while using it:
- Enable pop-ups. ARROW uses them.
- Use Firefox and Chrome. Internet Explorer and Safari can be glitchy.
- Make sure you have been granted PI-level access to ARROW if you want to start a protocol. Contact Gayle Orner or Holly McEntee if you don't have it.
- Make sure your study team members have completed the "Animal User Orientation" and updated their profiles.* Learn more about taking the orientation. Learn more about updating profiles.
Writing and responding
- Make sure the PI completes the first page of the application, at a minimum. A PI always has to log in and complete the first page of an application, including the assigning of writers, before a writer can take over.
- To navigate, click "Continue" to move forward through your protocol and the browser back button to move backwards. You can skip to different sections of the protocol using three approaches: Jump To, Outline, or Breadcrumb. Learn more.
- To save, use the save icon at the top or bottom of each page.
Be especially sure to save before using the back button or skipping to nonconsecutive sections of your protocol. You can lose your work if you don't.
- To autofill with standard responses in certain sections, use ARROW's built-in library of substances and methods. Learn more.
- For help, look for the blue question mark next to section titles. Click on it for more detailed explanations of the information required for protocol questions.
- Be aware of some of the trickier sections you'll encounter:
If you can't find your species on ARROW's Commonly Used Species list, use the search function. Just be sure to use % as a wildcard with your search term to increase your chance of finding a species. For example, %cat will retrieve little spotted cat, gray catbird, domestic cattle. If you can't find your species, send us an email.
Species information has its own section in the protocol. Don't overlook it; it's easy to miss! Once you've identified the species you'll use in your protocol, you must click on the "Species Details" button to answer more detailed questions about each species.
Fine tune your filtering by entering a room number or "vivarium" in the location search box, instead of the building name. ARROW will return a shorter list of possibilities, reducing your scrolling time. Remember to associate a location with at least one procedure and each procedure with at least one location.
Assignments and qualifications
Each study team member must be associated with a species and each species and/or painful procedure must be associated with at least one study team member.
- Watch for Action Required alerts, which will give you directions for next steps with your protocol submission when necessary. In MY INBOX, look for these alerts on the right-hand side of each protocol name. In the protocol workspace, look for these alerts in the top left-hand corner of your protocol workspace.
Printing and sharing
- You can generate a PDF of your entire protocol to use for printing, sharing, searching and saving. Learn how to create a snapshot.
- You can print all or part of your protocol. Learn how.
- Other PIs can use your protocol as a template for their protocols. Learn how to create a template.
Amending, renewing, updating, terminating
- With the exception of funding and personnel changes, PIs must obtain IACUC approval before changing any conditions described in the protocol. Learn how to amend your protocol.
- If you wish to terminate your protocol, simply click on the TERMINATE button under "Activities" on the protocol workspace. Your protocol will automatically move to "Archives" and relevant facility managers will get an alert of its termination.
- Learn how to renew your protocol.
- You must update your protocol annually. Learn more.