IACUC COVID-19 FAQs

Last updated: June 10, 2021

UPDATED 06/10/2021:

As of June 1, 2021, many COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on the Cornell Ithaca campuses will be relaxed for faculty and staff. High level details about changes to research-related guidelines can be found on the Cornell Coronavirus Research Continuity Guidance webpage. Please visit the IACUC COVID-19 FAQs page for more information.

The IACUC committee and staff continue to function remotely during regular business hours. You can reach us via email at iacuc@cornell.edu, or find specific staff contact information on the IACUC Office page.

On this page you'll find answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to Cornell IACUC office functions and animal research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IACUC Office Functions

A:  Yes. The IACUC Committee and staff are functioning remotely during regular business hours.

A: The easiest way to contact the IACUC is by emailing iacuc@cornell.edu. You can also find contact information for specific IACUC staff on our website. Most staff have call forwarding setup to direct their office lines to their home/cell phones. IACUC staff are responding to both email and phone messages during regular business hours, with email being the fastest way to get in touch. Staff are also happy to arrange phone calls or Zoom meetings, as needed.

A: Although all in-person meetings are currently paused, IACUC staff are happy to meet remotely (e.g., phone, Zoom, email).  We encourage you to email iacuc@cornell.edu to schedule a time to speak with our IACUC staff members. 

Submitting to the IACUC and Conduct of Research Activities

A: Yes, the IACUC is still reviewing and approving submissions. Please note, these approvals do NOT supersede the guidance posted on the Research Continuity Webpage.

A: As of June 1, 2021, many COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on the Cornell Ithaca campuses will be relaxed for faculty and staff. High level details about changes to research-related guidelines can be found on the Cornell Coronavirus Research Continuity Guidance webpage.

A: Please refer to procedures and guidelines from Cornell’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) office.

A: As of June 1, 2021, many COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on the Cornell Ithaca campuses will be relaxed for faculty and staff. High level details about changes to research-related guidelines can be found on the Cornell Coronavirus Research Continuity Guidance webpage. Other restrictions may apply depending on location and local, state, national or international policies (see NYS DOH, CDC, WHO, and local health agencies for updates).

A: Yes.  Even if the research is paused for the time being, the PI must still submit the Annual Review or Protocol Renewal to ensure that the study stays active.  This will allow the research to begin immediately when appropriate and/or permitted. 

A: Yes. Inspections resumed during the Fall of 2020.