Report an Animal Welfare Concern


Procedures for Reporting Concerns about the Care and Use of Animals- Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

Syracuse University will promptly investigate any allegations of suspected misuse of animals or deficiencies regarding the care and use of research or teaching animals.

An individual reporting suspected misuse or a suspected deficiency need not identify him/herself to make a report. If an individual chooses to identify him/herself, he/she may ask that the report be handled on a confidential basis.  While confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, reasonable steps to protect confidentiality, when requested, will be taken to the extent consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation and review. No member of the Syracuse University community (faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellow, or student) will be discriminated against or subject to reprisals in the terms and conditions of his/her employment for good faith reporting of, and/or good faith participation in investigation of, possible violations of animal care standards.

To make a report, or to discuss a concern or perceived problem, or if you feel you have been discriminated against or subject to retaliation due to the report of a possible violation of animal care, please contact:


  • The Chairperson of the Syracuse University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee* via the Office of Research Integrity and Protections office at (315) 443-3013.


  • The Attending Veterinarian via the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources at (315) 443-1690. The reported deficiency or problem situation will be promptly reported to the Chairperson of the IACUC*.


  • The Vice President for Research at (315) 443-1361.  The reported deficiency or problem situation will subsequently be reported to the Chairperson of the IACUC and the Attending Veterinarian*.


*The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with the responsibility of investigating complaints of misuse of animals used in instruction and research. The Attending Veterinarian will be contacted immediately if the reported actions affect animal health and welfare.


The federal Animal Welfare Act requires that Syracuse University, as a registered research facility, ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties.

Syracuse University has an obligation under the Animal Welfare Act and the US Public Health Service (PHS) to ensure that all animal research conducted at Syracuse University facilities are carried out in a humane and appropriate fashion.


Last updated: September 2017