All concerns related to the care and use of live animals at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) or by UAF faculty at other locations should be reported to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). To facilitate reporting, the IACUC offers a Compliance report template; however, you may also express your concerns in-person, by telephone or email to any member of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) or the IACUC.
The ORI receives all reports on behalf of the IACUC and handles the initial review and fact finding process. Although anonymous reports are accepted, the ORI encourages individuals to identify themselves and to make themselves available to answer follow-up questions should they arise during the review. To the maximum extent possible the ORI will protect the identity of the individual(s) submitting reports, but depending on the nature of the report and subsequent procedings this may not always be possible.
UAF employees are protected from reprisal due to good faith reporting (allegations) under the U.S. Animal Welfare Act (7 USC 2131-2159). The associated regulations state “No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulations or standards under the Act.” (9 CFR § 2.32(c)(4)). In addition, the Alaska Whistleblower Act (AS 39.90.100-150) protects employees from reprisal due to good faith reporting. Student whistleblowers are protected as "laboratory personnel" under the Animal Welfare Act and under UA Board of Regents Policy (P09-01.09).
For more general concerns related to the offices under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, there is an online submission option available here: https://research.uaf.edu/about/send-feedback. You may submit comments regarding the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of Research Integrity, Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, or Animal Resources Center.