Reminder: Whistleblower Hotline offers anonymous reporting

September 28, 2012  


Purdue employees may report unethical or illegal behavior through the University’s enterprise-wide Purdue Hotline program.

Purdue Hotline, administered through the Internal Audit Office, provides faculty and staff with a confidential and anonymous way to report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of University assets as well as regulatory noncompliance. Employees can report through Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by going online to www.purdue.edu/hotline or calling 866-818-2620.

Reports may be submitted for Purdue University, Purdue University Calumet (PUC), Purdue University North Central (PNC), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), College of Technology Statewide, Purdue Extension, Purdue Agriculture, and all other Purdue sites.

"This type of program is an integral part of a healthy University environment," says Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer. "The University has financial and operating controls in place to ensure that fraudulent, illegal, or dishonest activity is prevented or detected, but the potential for inappropriate transactions and behavior still exists here as it does in any organization.

"Purdue employees are encouraged to report this type of activity through Purdue Hotline, their supervisor or by using other local reporting mechanisms such as Environmental Health and Public Safety, Human Resources or the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance."

The University has had an anonymous reporting program in place since 2005, but now an external company, The Network, is managing the intake of information. The Network takes the initial information and routes it to the Internal Audit Office, which either conducts an investigation or forwards the information to the appropriate office for action.

Reports will be handled promptly and discreetly; however, sufficient and detailed information is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. Individuals may choose to identify themselves and will not suffer retaliatory action for reporting or inquiring in good faith. The University's policy on Protection Against Reprisal for Good Faith Disclosures (Whistleblower Protection) is available at http://www.purdue.edu/policies/pages/ethics/x_1_2.shtml.

Anyone who makes a report will be supplied with a confirmation number, which allows the person to check back in 14 days to see the status of the report. This feature also allows Purdue administrators to request additional information if the person making the report requested anonymity.

The Purdue Hotline website also provides faculty and staff with a variety of resources, including:

* A description of the Purdue Hotline reporting process.

* A list of local reporting options.

* Answers to frequently asked questions.

Any questions can be addressed by calling the Internal Audit Office at 49-47588, e-mailing Peggy Fish at plfish@purdue.edu, or by sending a letter to Purdue University Internal Audit Office, Freehafer Hall of Administrative Services, 401 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette

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