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Policies, Procedures & Compliance

The Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) Administrative Units are responsible for developing policies and standard operating procedures to help personnel carry out their job functions in compliance with federal, state, local and university requirements. These standards support and further WCM’s mission and objectives. Below is a summary of the WCM Administrative Units and select policies. 

Policies by Office

Conflicts Management Office (CMO)

The CMO at WCM is committed to ensuring the integrity of the research process while maintaining the trust of the public, sponsors, faculty and staff. This commitment requires the university to ensure that research results are not biased by the external commitments and financial interests of persons responsible for the design, conduct, reporting or direct administration of university research. Read CMO policies.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

EHS at WCM develops and maintains a comprehensive safety program that encompasses all areas of WCM’s activities. These safety programs are vital to our mission of maintaining a safe environment for our faculty, students, staff and visitors. EHS provides guidance documents and has Safety Specialists available to provide personalized assistance in many areas of safety. Read EHS policies.

Finance [Intranet only]

Finance at Weill Cornell Medicine develops and maintains a comprehensive library of policies on WCM’s Intranet related to accounting, budgeting, purchasing, travel and other business and finance functions. Read Finance policies.

HIPAA in Research

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), was signed into law on August 21, 1996, to ensure the privacy and security of all Protected Health Information (PHI) created, received, maintained, or transmitted by or for health care providers and self-insured health plans. The WCM Privacy Office and the Information Technology Services department has developed a comprehensive library of HIPAA-related policies, procedures and forms. The Privacy and Security policies in this section are intended to implement all HIPPA-mandated requirements subject to enforcement by the federal government. Read the Privacy Office policies. Read the IT Security Policies.

Human Resources [Intranet only]

Human Resources policies provide non-academic staff with information and standards that guide how we should conduct ourselves as employees and members of the broader Cornell network. Staff members are at-will employees. Thus these policies are not intended to be, and should be interpreted as, a contract between the College and any employee.  HR plays a vital role in assisting managers and staff to interpret and apply polices with equality and fairness. Read HR policies.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) [Intranet only]

The WCM IACUC policies and procedures have been established to protect the welfare of animals as required by federal regulations and laws mandated and enforced by the Animal Welfare Act,  USDA - APHIS, OLAW, PHS Policy, AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, NIH Revitalization Act,  and the U.S. GovernmentRead IACUC policies.

Information Technologies & Services (ITS)

The WCM ITS policies are Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) specific supplements to Cornell University IT policies. In some cases, the WCM policies may be more stringent than those used at the University-level. WCM faculty, staff, students and affiliates are expected to be aware of and comply with these policies. Read ITS policies.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The WCM IRB policies and procedures ensure the ethical and compliant protection of human subjects involved in research.  The policies provide guidelines that are in compliance with Federal, State, and local laws, and institutional policies and procedures. Read IRB policies.

Immediate Reporting Policy

Recruitment/Advertising Policy

Office of Research Compliance (ORC)

The WCM ORC policies were created to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as to enhance oversight of a variety of research compliance functions (i.e., effort, cost sharing, cost transfers, etc.). Read Research Compliance policies.

Office of Sponsored Research Administration (OSRA)

The WCM OSRA policies and procedures provide guidance to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and all central and departmental staff to streamline the pre-award and post-award management of grants and contracts. Read OSRA policies.

Research Animal Resource Center (RARC) [Intranet only]

The WCM RARC policies address the humane care and use of animals used in research and teaching. The RARC and IACUC policies overlap and fall under the laws, regulations and policies of the federal government. Read RARC and IACUC policies.

Tri-Institutional Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The standard operating procedures governing stem cell research conducted at WCM, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University comply with federal, state and local laws. Read SOP for Stem Cell Research.