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Misconduct Reporting Hotline FAQs
What is the Misconduct Reporting Hotline?
The Misconduct Reporting Hotline is a mechanism through which the DePaul University community can
communicate their concerns about misconduct or suspected violations of any laws or university policies.
Examples of misconduct include but are not limited to: fraud or conduct that risks or misuses university
finances, conflict of interest, release of proprietary information, violations of the Code of Conduct,
failure to abide by university business practices, falsification of records, theft and workplace violence.
The Misconduct Reporting Hotline is not intended to be a reporting mechanism for employee grievances.
Can I be retaliated against if I report misconduct?
The Non-Retaliation Policy explains that, "No person, including parties and witnesses, who, in good
faith, reports or participates in a misconduct investigation at DePaul shall be subject to retaliation or
threat of retaliation. Retaliation shall include, but is not limited to, actions taken without legitimate,
non-retaliatory business purpose and have a materially adverse effect on a person's employment,
advancement, scholarship, performance, habitation, safety or property. By definition, any act of
retaliation constitutes reportable misconduct. The finding of retaliation, or threat of retaliation, shall
constitute a violation of this policy. Any such acts of retaliation in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment."
Why does DePaul University need a Misconduct Reporting Hotline?
DePaul University wants to provide its constituents another method of reporting suspected misconduct or violations of any laws or university policies. The Misconduct Reporting Hotline does NOT replace your
supervisor, chain-of-command or other areas of the university such as the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Internal Audit, Human Resources, the Office of the General Counsel and/or the
Office of the University Ombudsperson. It creates an option to report suspected misconduct or violations of any laws or university policies when you do not know where to report them or when you wish to report anonymously.
When should I use the Misconduct Reporting Hotline?
If you believe that misconduct or violation of any laws or university policies is occurring or has occurred, you can use the Misconduct Reporting Hotline. To the extent possible, you should utilize your supervisory structures before the Misconduct Reporting Hotline. If you believe that your supervisor is involved in the activity or if you wish to report anonymously, you can use the Misconduct Reporting Hotline.
Is the Misconduct Reporting Hotline confidential?
You will have the option to provide your name and contact information. If you opt to provide your name and contact information, this will be included in the report to DePaul University. The university is committed to balancing the interests of all parties involved in the investigation of complaints and will attempt to keep the name of the complainant confidential and to respect the rights of the individual against whom the complaint was made, to the extent that it is possible. Further, when credible information received through an investigation shows that there may be violations of other university policies, the appropriate officials will be notified.
What will happen to the information I provide?
DePaul has a triage team that reviews and investigates all reports. Depending upon the nature of the report and the team's decision, the investigation may be handled by the Office of the General Counsel, Human Resources, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk Management, or other appropriate office. If the report is substantiated, the investigating office, in consultation with appropriate university officials, will determine the appropriate course of action to
resolve the issue.
Where do these reports go? Who can access them?
Reports are entered directly on a secure server to prevent any possible breach in security. EthicsPoint makes these reports available only to specific individuals within DePaul who are charged with evaluating the report, based on the type of violation. Each of these report recipients has had training in keeping these reports in the utmost confidence.