This Policy prohibits retaliation against an employee or student of the University (referred to here as a “Whistleblower”) who reports an activity that the Whistleblower reasonably believes to be illegal, fraudulent or dishonest conduct involving University employees or resources.
All members of the University community are responsible for reporting fraudulent, dishonest, or illegal conduct involving University employees or resources. If a situation is not addressed by existing University policy or if the appropriate manager or supervisor fails to act on such a report, a Whistleblower may report the matter to the Director for Risk Management and Insurance for the University.
University employees may not retaliate against a Whistleblower with the intent or effect of adversely affecting the terms or conditions of employment or enrollment. If the Whistleblower has made a confidential report, the University will exercise reasonable care to keep the Whistleblower's identity and the report confidential, unless (1) the Whistleblower agrees to the disclosure; (2) disclosure is necessary to allow University or law enforcement officials to investigate or respond effectively to the report; (3) disclosure is required by law; or (4) the person(s) accused of violations by the Whistleblower are entitled to the information as a matter of institutional due process in disciplinary proceedings. Whistleblowers who reasonably believe that they have been retaliated against by a University employee may file a written complaint with the President with a copy to Human Resources. If retaliation is proven, the retaliating employee(s) are subject to appropriate disciplinary actions or remedies provided in law or equity, including dismissal. The prohibition against retaliation is not intended to prohibit managers or supervisors from exercising legitimate supervisory responsibilities in the usual scope of their duties.