Administrative Policy News - July 2017

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Reporting Suspected Misconduct

Code of Conduct

At every institution of higher education, there exists a core document that outlines expectations for their university community. At the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents Policy: Code of Conduct contains 10 standards of conduct, with 45 specific expectations. Prior to each of us coming to the University of Minnesota, we’ve had unique life and work experiences, and each of our interpretations of doing the "right thing" would likely be different. The code sets forth the shared expectations for all individuals who, once they are employed here, now become part of a whole.

Reporting Suspected Misconduct

There is an expectation that our community members will report suspected misconduct. This is a very large institution and our individual commitment to take action when we have a good faith belief that a violation has occurred, is critical. That commitment to reporting potential violations allows the right people and units to take timely action.

This latest version of Administrative Policy: Reporting Suspect Misconduct policy includes these key changes:

  • Expands on the prohibition on retaliation for the reporter to also include prohibiting retaliation for individuals participating in an investigation.
  • Includes new language on the expectations for standards of conduct.
  • Provides new language on reporting red flag indications of potential misconduct.
  • Requires employees to participate in investigations related to suspected misconduct.
  • Specifies that the information related to these reports and investigations are kept confidential to the extent provided by law.

Retaliation

The new policy covering the topic of retaliation outlines the protections offered to individuals who:

  • report or otherwise express opposition to, suspected or alleged misconduct;
  • participate in any process designed to review or investigate suspected or alleged misconduct or non-compliance with applicable policies, rules, and laws; or
  • access the Office for Conflict Resolution (OCR) services.

This policy was created to provide standard language in all policies that have the potential for retaliation, such as Reporting Suspected Misconduct, Research Misconduct and Sexual Harassment.