Carnegie Mellon University

Reporting Concerns and the Carnegie Mellon University Ethics Hotline

As a member of the university community, you are responsible for reporting unethical or illegal behavior through your supervisor or other appropriate university official or through the Carnegie Mellon Ethics Hotline. Per university policy, individuals who make a good faith report of a suspected violation will be not reprimanded or retaliated against in any way.

From the University Code of Business Ethics and Conduct:

Each member of the university community has the responsibility to ask questions, seek guidance and report suspected violations of this Code or any other applicable law or regulation, contractual or other obligation of the university or of university policy or procedure. Individuals are encouraged to report suspected violations through standard management channels, such as to their immediate supervisor or other appropriate university officials. However, an individual who for any reason feels uncomfortable reporting a suspected violation through established channels may file an anonymous report through the University's Ethics Reporting Hotline.

Academic and Student Life — Examples of concerns include discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment, alcohol/substance abuse, assault or abusive practices, misrepresentation of credentials, academic dishonesty and other academic or personal misconduct by any student (undergraduate or graduate)

Environmental Health & Safety — Examples of concerns include vandalism and sabotage, unsafe working conditions, environmental issues, improper supplier/contractor activity, public safety issues and waste/abuse of university resources

Financial Matters — Examples of concerns include any issue that involves questionable accounting practices including billing, fraud, theft, or misuse of company funds; also any concerns regarding conflicts of interest, standards of conduct, or areas of compliance

Human Resources — Examples of concerns include issues of harassment, sexual harassment and threats, discrimination, alcohol/substance abuse, mismanagement, time abuse and abusive practices

Information Systems — Examples of concerns include issues about computer and network security, data security and privacy, computer hacking, unsafe computing practices, software piracy, unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, and inappropriate use of system access and privileges

Research — Examples of concerns include issues concerning conflict of interest, falsifying reports, intellectual property infringement, misappropriation of grants and expenses, misusing university resources and scientific misconduct

Title IX — Examples of concerns include all forms of gender discrimination (including gender identity discrimination) and sexual misconduct impacting community members, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence and stalking

You are encouraged to report suspected violations through established channels. However, in situations where you prefer to remain anonymous, CMU provides a hotline that all members of the university community should use to confidentially report suspected unethical or illegal activity relating to financial matters, academic and student life, human relations, health and campus safety or research.

Individuals can anonymously file a report by calling 877-700-7050 or visiting www.reportit.net (user name: tartans; password: plaid). All submissions will be reported to the appropriate university office.

Carnegie Mellon University’s ethics reporting hotline is operated by Report It, an independent, third-party, anonymous reporting hotline service.

The hotline is NOT an emergency service. For emergencies, call University Police at 412-268-2323.

Reports of suspected violations submitted to the Ethics Hotline may be made confidentially or anonymously. However, the more information that is given, the easier it is to investigate the reports.

Report It adheres to the highest level of professional business standards and practices and will not voluntary disclose your identity at any time without your consent.

Further, those bringing forth concerns in good faith are protected by the university's Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and Policy Against Retaliation:

"A report of a suspected violation is a service to the university and will not in itself jeopardize employment with the university. That is, no person who makes a good faith report of a suspected violation will be reprimanded or retaliated against in any way."