Carnegie Mellon University

Policy Against Retaliation

Policy Title Policy Against Retaliation
Policy Owner The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
Responsible Office The Office of General Counsel
Contact Information Questions regarding Policy content should be directed to the Assistant General Counsel, 412-268-7367.
Pertinent Dates The Policy was approved May 2016.
Approved By The president of Carnegie Mellon University
Entities Affected By This Policy All units of the university
Who Needs To Know About This Policy All students, staff and faculty
Definitions n/a
Forms / Instructions n/a
Related Information
Reason for Policy / Purpose To protect any member of the campus community who, in good faith, reports a suspected violation of any law or regulation, any University policy or procedure, or any contractual or other obligation of the University.
Abstract This policy sets forth the University’s prohibition on retaliation against individuals who report violations of legal, policy or contractual obligations.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Carnegie Mellon University to protect from retaliation any individual who makes a good faith report of a suspected violation of any applicable law or regulation, university Policy or procedure, any contractual obligation of the university, and any report made pursuant to Section 9 of the Carnegie Mellon University Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff, and students shall not in any way intimidate, reprimand or take retaliatory action against any individual who makes a good faith report of a suspected violation.  Individuals who violate this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university.

An individual who knowingly or intentionally makes a false report of a violation may also be subject to disciplinary action.

Reporting Violations

Individuals are encouraged to report suspected violations of this policy or any other legal, policy or contractual obligation 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 a report through the University's Ethics Reporting Hotline:

Carnegie Mellon University Ethics Reporting Hotline

Toll Free: 844-587-0793
Via the Internet:

Reports of suspected violations submitted to this hotline may be made confidentially, and even anonymously, although the more information that is given, the easier it is to investigate the reports.