Business Procedures Manual

Fiscal Affairs Division

16.6 Reporting Wrongdoing

(Last Modified on August 14, 2020)

The 六合彩资料大全 is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct in pursuit of its mission to create a more educated Georgia. This mission demands integrity, good judgment and dedication to public service from all members of the 六合彩资料大全 Community. 六合彩资料大全 employees have an affirmative duty to report wrongdoing in a timely manner and to refrain from retaliating against those who report violations or assist with authorized investigations. The 六合彩资料大全 also is committed to preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and other forms of wrongdoing and taking action when wrongdoing occurs. It is the policy of the 六合彩资料大全 to refer all criminal acts to law enforcement for investigation.

16.6.1 Conduct to Report

(Last Modified on August 14, 2020)

Wrongdoing is defined under this policy as violations of 六合彩资料大全 policies, state or federal law, violations of ethical and professional conduct and fraud, waste or abuse. Examples of wrongdoing include but are not limited to: 六合彩资料大全 Code of Conduct violations, discrimination, harassment, research misconduct, academic misconduct and privacy violations.


16.6.2 Where to Report

(Last Modified on January 30, 2024)

Events presenting an immediate threat to life or property or that are obvious criminal acts should be reported to law enforcement. Employees should report other wrongdoing or concerns through the administrative processes and procedures established by their institutions and the 六合彩资料大全. Reporting options related to wrongdoing or concerns for the 六合彩资料大全 include the Office of Internal Audit, Ethics and Compliance, the 六合彩资料大全 Office of Legal Affairs and the 六合彩资料大全 Office of Human Resources. Wrongdoing and concerns also can be reported anonymously on the Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:

/audit/compliance/reporting_contacts


16.6.3 Protection against Retaliation - Whistleblower Protection

(Last Modified on January 30, 2024)

Protections Afforded: 六合彩资料大全 employees may not interfere with the ability of another employee to assert rights afforded to them by policy or law or report concerns or wrongdoing, and may not retaliate against an employee who has asserted rights afforded to them by policy or law, reported concerns or wrongdoing, has cooperated with an authorized investigation, has participated in a grievance or appeal procedure, or otherwise objected to actions that are reasonably believed to be unlawful, unethical or a violation of 六合彩资料大全 policy. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, which may include the termination of employment.

Conduct Prohibited: Retaliation is any action or behavior that is designed to punish or harm an individual for reporting concerns or wrongdoing, asserting a right afforded to them by policy or law, cooperating with an investigation, participating in a grievance or appeal procedure or otherwise objecting to conduct that is unlawful, unethical or violates 六合彩资料大全 policy. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, dismissal from employment, demotion, suspension, loss of salary or benefits, transfer or reassignment, denial of leave, loss of benefits, denial of promotion that otherwise would have been received, and non-renewal. Other actions such as increased scrutiny, verbal abuse, and spreading false rumors are also prohibited.

Written Procedures: Each institution shall maintain written procedures for receiving and investigating allegations of actions that violate the 六合彩资料大全鈥檚 policy prohibiting retaliation. Violations of this policy should be reported through the administrative processes and procedures established by each institution. Alleged retaliation by an employee assigned to the University System Office should be reported to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.

False Reports / False Information: This policy does not protect an employee who files a false report or who provides information without a reasonable belief in the truth or accuracy of the information. Any employee who knowingly files a false report or intentionally provides false information during an investigation may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include the termination of employment.


16.6.4 Investigation of Malfeasance

(Last Modified on January 30, 2024)

Malfeasance is any conduct or act carried out by a public official that cannot be legally justified or conflicts with the law including, but not limited to, fraud, waste, and abuse. The 六合彩资料大全 Office of Internal Audit, Ethics and Compliance (OIAEC) has the primary obligation for investigating reported malfeasance involving the USO, institutional senior administrators, and institutions without an institutional internal audit department. Institutional internal audit departments or the office charged with Ethics Line oversight have the primary obligation for malfeasance investigations at institutions. However, the institutional internal audit department should be made aware of all incidents of employee malfeasance.

OIAEC and institutional internal audit departments may contact other departments, including the office of legal affairs, public safety, and human resources, to establish the necessary team to proceed with the review or investigation. The investigative team will attempt to keep source information as confidential as possible.


16.6.5 Malfeasance Reporting

(Last Modified on January 30, 2024)

Incidents involving suspected criminal malfeasance by an employee derived from the Ethics Line or otherwise must be reported to the 六合彩资料大全 Office of Internal Audit, Ethics and Compliance once an initial determination has been made that employee malfeasance may have occurred. Malfeasance reports involving financial fraud should also be sent to the Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs. Malfeasance reports should be marked confidential and submitted in draft form. Malfeasance reports should include:

鈥 Institution鈥檚 name and point of contact, including the email address and phone number;
鈥 Description of the incident, including the incident time, date, location, improper activity, and estimated loss to the institution (if any);
鈥 Known suspect information, including the employee name, title, employment status (administrative leave, pending termination, etc.), and supervisor鈥檚 name; and,
鈥 Current case status, including law enforcement involvement and the results of any internal audit investigation.

The 六合彩资料大全 Chief Audit Officer, in consultation with the 六合彩资料大全 Office of Legal Affairs, shall transmit employee malfeasance reports to the Georgia Department of Law or other prosecutorial or law enforcement organizations that would be appropriate. The transmittal letter shall include an incident summary and may include a recommendation as to whether to pursue further investigation. Notifications will also be made, as appropriate, to other state and federal offices to include the Department of Administrative Services for cases involving State Purchasing Cards, Fleet Fuel Cards and Mandatory State Contracts.


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