Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Ethics Hotline

One of Carnegie Mellon's fundamental values is Integrity, "reflected in our adherence to the highest ethical standards in personal and professional behavior." Further, the health, safety and well-being of the university community are top priorities at the university. Unethical behavior can result in risk to personal safety and security, diminished morale, financial losses and/or legal liability.

Our ethical and behavioral standards are specified in our university policies, which provide guidance on adhering to these expectations and reporting concerns.

As a member of the university community, you are responsible for reporting unethical, illegal or irresponsible behavior through your supervisor or other appropriate university official or through the Carnegie Mellon Ethics Hotline.

Below are common examples of unethical, illegal or irresponsible behaviors and the campus officers or departments responsible for handling concerns in each category. Depending on the nature of the concern, you may report unethical behavior to your supervisor or one of the contacts listed below. Per university policy, individuals who make a good faith report of a suspected violation will be not reprimanded or retaliated against in any way.

Academic and Student Life — Includes concerns about discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment, alcohol/substance abuse, assault or abusive practices, misrepresentation of credentials, academic dishonesty and other academic misconduct

  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Title IX Initiatives

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

  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Internal Audit

Financial Matters — 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

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Vice Provost for Research
  • Internal Audit

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

  • Human Resources
  • University Ombudsman
  • Title IX Initiatives

Information Systems — Includes 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

  • Information Security Office

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

  • Vice Provost for Research

Title IX — Includes 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

  • Title IX Initiatives

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 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 (user name: tartans; password: plaid). All submissions will be reported to appropriate university personnel.

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."