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Article VI.08 Whistleblower Protection: Procedures
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Procedures: Article VI.08 Whistleblower Protection
Reporting Illegal or Improper Activities
Any employee or student having knowledge or good faith suspicion of illegal or improper activities may report the activities to any of the following Administrative Officers:
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President for Administrative Services
Vice President for Human Resources
Vice President for Marketing and Student Life
Chief Information Officer
The Administrative Officer receiving the report of illegal or improper activity must disclose the report to the Board of Trustees and will disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to any State or Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity all violations potentially affecting a State or Federal award.
In situations where administrative involvement is suspected in an alleged impropriety, a report may be made to the President of the Board of Trustees. http://www.stchas.edu/about-scc/board-of-trustees/
It is preferred that allegations of illegal or improper activity be made in writing, but they may be made verbally. Reports should contain as many specifics as possible to assist in investigation of the actions. Allegations may be made anonymously. All complaints will be investigated promptly and discreetly, and corrective action will be taken as necessary.
In addition to internal reporting procedures as outlined above, any employee or student who has information concerning alleged illegal or improper activity may make a good faith report of the conduct to the appropriate government agency. This report will be considered a protected disclosure.
Protection from Retaliatory Conduct
Retaliation will not be tolerated against any College employee or student who in good faith makes a protected disclosure or who refuses to obey an illegal or improper directive. No College employee may use the influence of his or her position to interfere with or discourage another employee or student from making a protected disclosure.
Any employee or student who believes he or she has been the victim of retaliatory conduct in response to a protected disclosure or refusal to engage in illegal or improper activity should report the retaliation to any of the Administrative Officers listed above. In the event there is suspected administrative involvement in the retaliation, a report may be made to the President of the Board of Trustees.
While retaliation against an employee or student making a good faith disclosure is not tolerated, disciplinary action may be taken against an employee or student who discloses information which he or she knows to be false or who does not have a reasonable belief for making the disclosure.