In accordance with the current Ball State University Whistleblower Protection Policy, all employees of Ball State University and other members of the university community are expected to comply with all federal and state laws and regulations as well as university policies. In addition, they are also expected to report to the university any violations of such laws, regulations, or policies and other university related misconduct they witness or have good reason to believe occurred.
Effective January 2015, Ball State University enhanced our Whistleblower Protection Policy by offering the EthicsPoint hotline reporting option to our faculty, staff, students, and other campus constituents. The EthicsPoint hotline provides a confidential and anonymous method for reporting illegal, unethical, or other conduct that violates Ball State University’s policies.
Reports can be made either by phone using the EthicsPoint dedicated toll-free hotline for Ball State University at 844-338-7290 or through the EthicsPoint Internet-based reporting system at EthicsPoint Reporting Access to the EthicsPoint hotline reporting is available 24/7, 365 days of the year.
Existing University Policies and Reporting
The addition of the EthicsPoint hotline option does not alter any established university policies or procedures as the university has existing policies and procedures for disclosing certain types of violations and misconduct. They include, but are not limited to, the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, the Sexual Harassment and Anti-harassment Policies, the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment, and the Policy on Protection of Human Subjects in Research. These policies should be used to report any suspected violations and misconduct covered by the policies. Specifically, grievance and disciplinary matters will continue to be addressed through current policies, which afford due process and are designed to protect the rights of faculty and staff; complaints regarding harassment and discrimination will continue to be referred to the Office of General Counsel; and reports of sexual misconduct will continue to be referred to the university’s Title IX coordinators.
Other suspected violations and misconduct should be reported to the university office responsible for the policy area, to the Office of General Counsel or to the EthicsPoint hotline. The purpose of the EthicsPoint hotline option is simply to provide an alternative anonymous complaint process for those who do not feel sufficiently empowered to come forward with complaints about conduct that is illegal or is in violation of the ethics rules or some other university policy.
Ball State University is committed to preventing, detecting, and correcting violations of law and university policy. The university recognizes that these violations are most often the result of a lack of information, inadvertence, or mistake. Of course, on rare occasions violations are the result of deliberate misconduct. In every case, a report provides us with the opportunity to correct our own mistakes.
If you have any concerns about the use or impact of EthicsPoint, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 765-285-5162.