Operating Procedures for Good Faith Disclosures (Whistleblower Protection)
These procedures support the policy on Protection Against Reprisal for Good Faith Disclosures (Whistleblower Protection) (III.A.4). Refer to the policy for contact information and definitions.
Effective Date: November 20, 2019
Reports of Misconduct
Any individual with information regarding Misconduct on the part of any Purdue University employee, student, volunteer, agent, or contractor that violates a Purdue policy or a state or federal law or regulation in connection with their duties to Purdue University is encouraged to make a Good Faith Disclosure to the appropriate University official (see Appendix A of the policy).
A Reporting Individual may utilize Purdue University’s Anonymous Reporting Line to anonymously report Fraud or Misconduct.
Complaints of Retaliation
Following the Good Faith Disclosure, the University will take reasonable steps to protect the Reporting Individual from Retaliation. The Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance will receive and investigate complaints of Retaliation.
Individuals who believe they have experienced Retaliation are encouraged to file a completed and signed Complaint of Retaliation Form with the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The form must be filed within 120 days of the date of the incident of Retaliation or, where the Retaliation is of an ongoing nature, within 120 days from the most recent incident.
The Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, or designee, will investigate the complaint of Retaliation and make a finding based upon a Preponderance of the Evidence presented in the matter as to whether or not:
- The complaining party made a Good Faith Disclosure, participated in the investigation of a Good Faith Disclosure, or enforced this policy;
- The complaining party was subjected to Retaliation; and
- The complaint of Retaliation was knowingly false and malicious.
No violation of this policy will be found unless a Preponderance of the Evidence supports the finding of a violation. The finding will also include recommendations regarding any appropriate remedy and/or sanction.
Notwithstanding the above, if the complaint of Retaliation is eligible for review under another policy or an existing grievance or complaint resolution process, the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, or designee, may refer the complaint of Retaliation to the appropriate University official for resolution in accordance with that policy or resolution process.
History and Updates
November 20, 2019: Procedures separated from the related policy.