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The Fraud and Irregularities / Compliance Hotline is a support process within our organizational compliance program.

It is the policy of SUNY that all members of the SUNY community:

  • comply with all SUNY policies and procedures; and New York State and federal laws, and regulations,
  • practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities;
  • observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities;
  • help ensure the prevention and detection of fraud and irregularities;
  • be familiar with the types of fraud and irregularities that might occur in their area;
  • be alert for any indication that fraud or irregularities might exist in their area; and
  • promptly report any known or suspected fraud or irregularities involving SUNY or affiliated entity funds, resources, property, or employees.

It is the policy of SUNY that employees and individuals who lawfully report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse shall not suffer discharge, demotion, suspension, threats, harassment, discrimination, or other forms of retaliation for making such reports in good faith.

For the purpose of the hotline, fraud and irregularities include activities that are:

  1. misappropriation of assets;
  2. in violation of or non-compliant with any SUNY, New York State, or Federal law, regulation, policy or procedure;
  3. economically wasteful;
  4. an indication of gross misconduct or incompetency; or
  5. an unethical, improper, or dishonest act. Examples of improprieties include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Theft of any State or SUNY asset including, but not limited to money, tangible property, trade secrets or intellectual property;
    • Misappropriation, misapplication, destruction, removal, or concealment of State or SUNY property;
    • Inappropriate use of computer systems, including hacking and software piracy;
    • Unauthorized disclosure of confidential or proprietary information;
    • Unauthorized disclosure of student educational records, personal information, or medical information;
    • Authorizing or receiving compensation for hours not worked or covered by appropriate and available leave;
    • Fraudulent or otherwise deceptive financial reporting;
    • Credit card and travel expense fraud;
    • Use of staff to perform personal errands, services or tasks;
    • Alteration or falsification of documents;
    • False claims by students, employees, vendors or others associated with SUNY; and
    • Bribery, kickbacks, bid rigging and conflicts of interest.

Activities described above that may constitute fraud or irregularities may also be covered by existing policies and procedures on specialized topics. Such activities may still be reported under this policy, but will be referred for handling to the extent such other procedures exist. Examples of such policies include:

  • Individual employee grievances and complaints concerning terms and conditions of employment will continue to be reviewed in accordance with applicable academic and human resources policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Complaints regarding sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction should be reported to the designated officer and handled in accordance with the applicable complaint procedures.
  • Student academic grievances should follow local campus policies and procedures.
  • Allegations of Research Misconduct can be directed to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) who will consult confidentially with persons uncertain about whether to submit an allegation. Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism or other practices in the conduct of research, scholarly, or creative activity that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Misconduct in research does not include honest error or differences of opinion.  The RIO at Binghamton University is the Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance and can be reached at (607) 777-3532 or at For more information, please visit
  • Complaints regarding research administration are generally the responsibility of the Research Foundation for SUNY.
  • Complaints related to construction projects administered by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) or the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) are generally the responsibilities of those entities.

If you need help finding a University Policy, you should contact the University Ombudsman.

If you suspect a fraud or dishonest or questionable act, do not try to question anyone or otherwise investigate the matter yourself. Report your suspicions to one of the following:

All calls are taken seriously and will be investigated by the appropriate University official. Whenever possible, the resolution of any investigation will be conveyed to the caller.  Under normal circumstances, the hotline will be checked for messages on a daily basis, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.

Alternate Resources

There are alternate resources available on campus and off for potential compliance issues.

Binghamton University Ethics Officer 

University Ombudsman (607)777-2388 or

Human Resources (607-777-2108)

SUNY System Administration - Auditor (518-320-1539) or

Think Before You Speak

Please think before making allegations of fraud or dishonesty and be reasonably certain of any claims. Such allegations can significantly and negatively impact the life of the accused individual and adversely affect the working environment of the department.

Fraud Policies

Binghamton University Management Procedure  #209 - Reporting Theft, Loss or Misuse of State Asset(s)

Binghamton University RF Compliance:

SUNY Report Fraud:

SUNY RF Compliance Hotline Research Foundation

For more information, please reference the Fraud and Irregularities / Compliance Hotline Policy #631 and the Non-Retaliation Policy #632. These policies are located within Binghamton University's Policies and Procedures Manual.

SUNY Form A - Fraud Incident Report

Last Updated: 2/9/18