Report an Animal Welfare Concern

The following policies document the principles for addressing concerns related to the humane use of animals in research, teaching and demonstration at Cornell University.
Cornell Policy 1.4 Care and Use of Animals in Research and Teaching
IACUC Policy #100: Cornell University Whistle Blower Policy

Concerns about animal care and use, or the reporting of instances of suspected non-compliance with laws, rules, regulations and policies can be reported to the IACUC office directly and anonymously through the following written or verbal mechanisms:

  • Submit the form below to the IACUC at
  • Telephone: 607-255-5398 or toll free at 1-866-293-3077
  • Cornell University Hotline:
  • Examples of reportable situations and activities include:
    • Situations where animals may be in immediate, actual or perceived jeopardy.
    • Situations involving alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations (“AW Regulations”), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) – approved Cornell University Animal Welfare Assurance (Assurance), the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy) or Cornell Policy 1.4, and departures from the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide), also including instances when there is no apparent danger to animals.
    • Situations involving procedural violations or protocol non-compliance such as performing unauthorized surgery or other procedures not listed on a protocol, allowing unauthorized persons (i.e., not approved on protocols) to participate in a research project, or administering drugs or other substances that the IACUC has not approved.
  • An actual or suspected concern related to animal welfare can be reported to the IACUC office directly, in writing using a report form, by phone (607-255-5398), or anonymously via the Cornell University Hotline at or toll free at 1-866-293-3077. If a verbal concern is reported, the individual who receives the phone call will document the circumstances fully to ensure that the issues are clear, to prevent any potential misunderstandings. The report will be shared with the IACUC chair and ORIA Director for further action.
  • Information relating to an open inquiry or investigation will be shared only with others at the University (or at a University-affiliated organization whose animal program is covered by the IACUC) who have a need to know, those who are involved in or necessary to the investigative process, and with federal agencies, as required.

Report an unanticipated adverse event or deviation from protocol

Please complete the Unanticipated adverse event or deviation from protocol form and submit it to the IACUC.