Frequently Asked Questions
Purdue University has selected The Network to provide a simple anonymous way to report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of University assets, as well as, regulatory noncompliance, or health and safety concerns. This service allows you to communicate anonymously and confidentially via Internet or telephone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An anonymous reporting program has been in place since 2005, but this reporting service will now be provided by The Network. If your question is not answered here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the Hotline replace existing reporting mechanisms?
Purdue University offers a number of reporting options and all of these will remain. For a partial list, see local reporting options. If any of the existing mechanisms are unknown or unacceptable to you, then please use the Hotline.
How does the Hotline process work?
You may call the toll free number 1-866-818-2620 or submit an online report. An external company, The Network, takes the initial information and routes it to the Internal Audit Office. The Internal Audit Office will either conduct an investigation or forward the information to the appropriate office for action.
Will I remain anonymous?
You may choose to remain anonymous, but please be aware that this may hinder a thorough investigation of the facts. At the conclusion of your contact, you will receive a confirmation number. This number will allow you to check the status of your report. This feature also allows Purdue administrators to seek clarification or request additional information from you.
How will individuals reporting suspicious acts or behavior be treated?
All matters related to your report will be handled with discretion. Reporting can be done anonymously. Individuals may choose to identify themselves and will not suffer any retaliatory action for reporting or inquiring in good faith. Please refer to the University’s policy on Protection Against Reprisal for Good Faith Disclosures (Whistleblower Protection) http://www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiia4.html
Who is responsible for administering the program?
The Internal Audit Office is responsible for the administration of the Hotline. Any questions can be addressed by calling the Internal Audit Office at 765-494-7588, emailing Peggy Fish at email@example.com, or by sending a letter to Purdue University Internal Audit Office, Freehafer Hall of Administrative Services, 401 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024.
If the information is not sufficient or detailed enough, the Internal Audit Office may not be able to conduct an investigation. As an example, if the report suggests an overall evaluation of an entire department in order to find a problem, then Internal Audit will not have enough information to conduct an investigation.
University policies: http://www.purdue.edu/policies/
Please remember that the Hotline is not for emergency services. For emergency assistance, call 911.