FILING A REPORT
FILING A REPORT
All members of the university community have a duty to report unethical and illegal conduct at the university. Individuals are encouraged to first report their concerns to their supervisor (if an employee) or to another appropriate university official. However, if that is not deemed a viable option, or if the individual believes his or her concerns are being ignored, he/she can report any concerns to such university offices as: Audit Services, Employee Relations, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Protective Services, Office of General Counsel, or Research Compliance. Direct reports to a university supervisor or office help us to gather information and determine the overall scope and nature of the alleged misconduct.
If you are uncomfortable discussing your concerns with a university official the University has engaged Global Compliance Services to be its third-party ethics and compliance hotline provider to collect allegations anonymously. Reports can be made 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling toll free 1-866-483-9367 or reporting online at: https://www.caseintegrityhotline.com.
Initial reports to the hotline call center are submitted to an appropriate university contact for follow-up and possible investigation. These contacts may include managers from the offices listed above.
Employees who report conduct that they believe is illegal or unethical should have a reasonable factual basis for believing that improper activities have occurred, and should include as much specific information as possible to allow for proper assessment of the nature, extent, and urgency of the incident.
The university will review every report to the hotline. An investigation will be conducted if a review establishes that the allegation constitutes unethical or illegal activity, and if it is supported by specific information or corroborating evidence. Departments within the university that have responsibility for conducting investigations include: Audit Services, Employee Relations, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Research Compliance, Office of General Counsel, and Protective Services. Other departments may become involved in investigations based on their areas of oversight responsibility or expertise.
Efforts will be made to perform investigations discreetly. The details of the investigation will be kept confidential, to the extent feasible, and consistent with university policies and applicable federal, state, and local laws.
PROTECTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THOSE WHO REPORT
University employees are prohibited from retaliation against, or any form of harassment of, an individual who reports a concern in good faith. Any employee who engages in retaliation or harassment against a reporter is subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
All reported concerns are presumed to be in good faith unless established otherwise. Knowingly false allegations are prohibited.
The university is committed to conducting an appropriate and timely response to each report submitted through the hotline, as well as appropriate and timely closure to those allegations which proceed to the investigation process.