The Coweeta Data Policy only is applicable to data on Human Subjects (as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 45 part 46 "Protecting Human Subjects") where it does not conflict with the protections accorded under the aforementioned code as well as those described in Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 42 U.S.C. 289, 42 U.S.C. 300v-l(b). See the University of Georgia's Human Subject Policy.
All investigations involving the use of animals as test subjects are governed by the rules set down by the University of Georgia's Office of Animal Care and Use. In cases involving researchers from other institutions, additional guidelines may also apply.
Regardless of whether the investigation is based at the University of Georgia or another of the Coweeta LTER's participating institutions, please note that The Coweeta LTER has a Memorandum of Understanding that ties together all research on vertebrate animal subjects under master protocol AUP #A2009 4-074. However, this AUP does not serve as a blanket permit for all vertebrate animal research within the project. Instead, each individual Co-PI is responsible for the submission of their specific projects. In addtion, Co-PIs must reference the approved master protocol in the objectives section (3.1) of their AUPs. Also note that Wyatt and Lily are exempt from both the human and animal use policies.