Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Policy Type: Personnel and Payroll
Policy Number: 632
Last Date Revised: 12/16/16
Retaliation against members of the University community who make good faith reports regarding potential University-related violations of laws, regulations or University policies is prohibited.
This policy has been created to promote the fair treatment of members of the University community who make good faith reports of potential University-related violations of laws, regulations or University policies and to comply with federal, state, and local laws prohibiting retaliation.
The University is committed to conducting its affairs honestly, ethically and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Members of the University community are encouraged to report good faith concerns about University-related violations of laws, regulations, or University policies.
Attempts to resolve any such concerns normally should be made by contacting the appropriate supervisor or other contact person within the individual’s unit. If the member is, for any reason, uncomfortable doing so, reports may be made directly to the University officials responsible for the subject area in question, confidentially to the University Ombudsman, or confidentially through the University’s 24-hour Fraud and Irregularities / Compliance Hotline at 1-607-777-5049.
Reports also may be made to relevant external entities or governmental agencies responsible for the enforcement of laws containing non-retaliation provisions.
Retaliation against a member of the University community for making a good faith report of potential University-related legal or policy violations is prohibited and will not be tolerated. The University will review complaints of retaliation and any attempted or actual retaliatory action covered under this Policy may subject the violator to disciplinary action.
Reports that are knowingly false, made with malicious intent, or with reckless disregard for or willful ignorance of facts that would disprove the allegation made are not good faith reports, are prohibited by this Policy, and may subject the violator to disciplinary action.
Members of the University community who believe that they have been retaliated against in violation of this Policy may submit a written or oral complaint to the Office of Human Resources who may refer the complaint to the appropriate University office(s) for review and disposition. Interim actions may be taken by the University prior to final disposition.
Good Faith Report
A report made with the honest and reasonable belief that a University-related violation of law or policy or other instance of non-compliance or related misconduct may have occurred.
Materially adverse action against the individual because of the individual’s good faith report.