IRB Amendment Form

UPDATED 02/22/2021:

The IRB committee and staff continue to function remotely during regular business hours. You can reach us via email at

In May 2020, the Cornell Research and Operations Reactivation Committee published a guide for the safe restart of the university's research, including the requirement that researchers must submit a reactivation plan to their college/unit for approval before returning to campus. This requirement still stands. In-person human participant research may be allowed on campus, and these guidelines for reactivating in-person human participant research provide a means for each college/unit to decide if a research reactivation plan can be approved. Any changes to IRB protocols must also be reviewed by the IRB.

The IRB also published additional guidance for investigators on conducting in-person research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the guidance, and also visit the IRB COVID-19 FAQs page periodically for updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and please contact the IRB if you have any questions.

To file an amendment with the Cornell IRB, please complete the below form and submit to

IRB amendment form

Note: if your original protocol received an exemption, an amendment form is not required. You can request an amendment to an exempt protocol by simply sending an email to, identifying the protocol (give protocol number and title, at a minimum), describing the proposed changes, and attaching any documents that need to be changed, such as consent forms.