UCLA Administrative Policies & Compliance Office
July 1, 2008
The UCLA Administrative Policies & Compliance Office is providing the following notice, which State law requires be sent out every year on or by July 1st to all University employees who have e-mail addresses:
HOW TO BLOW THE WHISTLE ON SUSPECTED IMPROPER ACTIVITIES
UCLA wants you to report suspected improper activities and will protect you from retaliation for whistleblowing.
What You Can Report
Any activity by UC or a UC employee that violates any State or federal law or regulation (e.g., corruption, malfeasance, bribery, theft or misuse of government property, fraud, coercion, or conversion); or involves economic waste, gross misconduct, gross incompetence, or gross inefficiency; or poses a significant threat to the health or safety of employees or the public.
Where To Report
To your supervisor or to any or the following offices:
- OR -
You may call the UCLA Compliance Hotline at 800-403-4744 - hotline is independently operated to help ensure confidentiality.
How To Report
• In writing or orally
• With as much specific factual information possible (report what you know, but don't investigate - leave that to the experts!)
• Anonymously, if you prefer
Confidentiality will be maintained, to the extent possible.
Protection from Retaliation
If you believe you have been retaliated against for whistleblowing, you may contact your respective Human Resources or Academic Personnel Office, or the Administrative Policies & Compliance Office for information on how to file a grievance or complaint.
For More Information
Contact your UCLA Human Resources or Academic Personnel Office for information on the University's Whistleblower and Whistleblower Protection Policies, and the campus procedure for reporting suspected improper activities and filing whistleblower retaliation complaints. You may also locate the information on the UCLA Administrative Policies & Compliance Office's Web site at:
In addition to the above UCLA reporting procedures, you have the option of reporting improper activities directly to the State Auditor whistleblower hotline at (800) 952-5665 or to the California Attorney General whistleblower hotline at (800) 952-5225.
A message from the State Auditor:
CALL THE STATE AUDITOR'S WHISTLEBLOWER HOTLINE TO REPORT THE IMPROPER ACTS OF STATE AGENCIES OR EMPLOYEES
Blow the Whistle on State Government Fraud and Waste
WHAT WE INVESTIGATE
• Illegal acts like theft, fraud, or conflicts of interest by state employees.
• Misuse or abuse of state property or time by state employees.
• Gross misconduct, incompetence, or inefficiency by state employees.
WE FOLLOW THROUGH WHEN OUR INVESTIGATION SUBSTANTIATES YOUR ALLEGATION
Although we have no enforcement power, we keep the ball rolling by reporting the results of investigations that substantiate improprieties to:
• The head of the employing agency
• The attorney general or other enforcement agencies, legislative committees, and any other authority with jurisdiction
• The general public, keeping identities confidential
STATE LAW GOES TO BAT FOR YOU
• It requires the Bureau of State Audits to shield your identity (except from law enforcement).
• It helps guard against intimidation, threats, or coercion by state employees that could interfere with your right to disclose improper government activities.
• It helps keep you safe from reprisal, retaliation, threats, or coercion for reporting such information.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE RETALIATION, SPEAK UP!
If you're a state employee, contact the State Personnel Board in writing at 801 Capitol Mall, MS53, Sacramento, CA 95814. For additional information, call (916) 653-1403.
REPORT WHAT YOU KNOW - Call (800) 952-5665 or
Mail the information to: Investigations, Bureau of State Audits, 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814.
We cannot accept complaints via our Web site or e-mail. However, visit our Web site at www.bsa.ca.gov/bsa/hotline/filecomp.html for more information on filing complaints.
Remember! The Bureau of State Audits can only investigate state government improprieties. We do not investigate misconduct by federal or local governments or by private businesses or organizations.