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Whistleblower Policy Summary

Whistleblower Policy Summary

  • Whistleblower Policy for reporting "fraudulent or dishonest conduct" or other violations of law.
  • "Fraudulent or dishonest conduct" involves a deliberate act or failure to act with the intention of obtaining an unauthorized benefit from the University (e.g., forgery of documents, unauthorized manipulation of computer files, misappropriation of University resources).
  • May also be used for reporting violations of law, even if there is a separate procedure for reporting such allegations, if the whistleblower is not comfortable using such procedure (for whatever reason).  This does not apply in cases of suspected child abuse and/or neglect, which must be reported according to the University's Protocol for Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect.
  • All campus community members are encouraged to report such improper conduct to supervisor/department head; supervisors and department heads are REQUIRED to report suspected improper conduct to their Vice-President, the relevant Dean, or the Provost.
  • Any whistleblower may use alternate reporting avenues (direct to VP, Dean, Provost OR in sealed writing to Chair of Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees via Office of General Counsel.)
  • VP/Dean/Provost/Audit Committee will conduct investigation, with Office of General Counsel serving as resource.
  • RETALIATION against whistleblowers is prohibited, and may be the subject of a separate sealed complaint to Chair of Audit Committee via Office of General Counsel.
  • Knowing/reckless baseless allegations may be disciplined.
  • Full policy online here.
Revision History

Revised October 27, 2012 to reflect that reporting of suspected child abuse and/or neglect is addressed through separate protocol.