Whistle Blower

Protection

The Ethics Act, as well as university policy, protects employees who, in good faith, report or threaten to report an act or omission they believe to be a violation of law, policy or procedure.

Retaliatory Action

The university cannot retaliate or threaten retaliation against you for engaging in any of the following protected activities:

  • Disclosing or threatening to disclose any practice or action you reasonably believe is in violation of the law.
  • Providing information or testifying about any violation of the law, including but not limited to violations of the Freedom of Information Act, by any officer, member, university employee, state agency or the university.
  • Assisting or participating in a proceeding to enforce the Ethics Act.

Retaliatory action is defined as reprimand, discharge, suspension, demotion, denial of promotion or transfer, or change in the terms or conditions of employment of any state employee, which is taken in retaliation for involvement in protected activity. It is not a violation if the employer can demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, the same personnel action would have been taken even in the absence of the protected activity. Employees may bring a civil action to seek reinstatement and/or damages for illegal retaliation.