Updated Oct. 18

St. Mary’s University received a letter from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on May 4, concerning research conducted by one of our faculty members, Professor Marshall McCue. The University immediately began investigating whether his research had followed appropriate animal welfare protocols prescribed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Although McCue continues to publish articles about his research on food restriction effects on metabolism, research involving animals ended in late 2016.

St. Mary’s University is committed to the humane treatment of research animals. Our IACUC bears primary responsibility for this by ensuring that the use of animals is scientifically appropriate and that all research procedures conform to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines and applicable federal oversight requirements.

Last week, after a thoughtful and deliberate investigation, the investigation committee concluded its work and submitted its findings. St. Mary’s President Thomas Mengler is satisfied with the results of the investigation, and the University considers this matter closed.

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