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Whistleblower Protection

Cornell University prohibits any form of retaliation, intimidation, harassment, or adverse employment action against any trustee, officer, employee, former employee, independent contractor, agent, or volunteer of the university for disclosing or threatening to disclose any conduct that they have a good-faith belief or reasonably believe (1) violates any law, rule, regulation, executive order, or any judicial or administrative decision, or order; (2) constitutes a substantial and specific danger to the public health or safety; or (3) violates university policy. The university investigates reports of such activity promptly, fairly, and in accordance with this policy.

Policy details


Your local college or unit administrative office. You may also choose to make a confidential or anonymous report through the Cornell Ethics and Compliance Hotline.

Revision History:

January 28, 2022: Updated to align with revised New York State Labor Law 740; policy status changed to interim.

August 29, 2018: Fully reviewed and updated to clarify responsibilities.