Article VI.08 Whistleblower Protection: Procedures


⇓ Procedures ⇓

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:

College President
Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building, Office 2104

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building, Office 2110

Vice President for Administrative Services
Administrative Building, Office 3121

Vice President for Human Resources
Administration Building, Office 1242

Vice President for Marketing and Student Life
Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building, Office 2108

Chief Information Officer
Administration Building, Office 3103

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.

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.

False Reports

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.

Term Definitions

  • A “good faith” report of illegal or improper activity is information that a reasonable person, based on the facts and circumstances, could believe to be true and accurate.
  • A good faith report of illegal or improper activity as outlined in the procedures above is defined as a “protected disclosure.”

Content Owner: Human Resources
Issued: 12/2006
Revised: 10/2009, 03/2019

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