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John Carroll University strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in its operations and in its relationships with employees and with individuals and organizations with which it does business. The University regularly communicates these standards and related policies to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other constituents through employee handbooks and other means. Employees are expected to adhere to these standards to assure that the University operates in a just manner and to protect its reputation for integrity.

University employees are expected to report violations of ethical standards that they observe or learn about through other means. The normal procedure is to report violations to one's supervisor or to the person / office that is designated as responsible for investigating and responding to the specific situation.

However, situations can arise where an employee learns about or reasonably suspects unethical or illegal behavior and yet may be reluctant to report it for legitimate reasons, (e.g., fear of reprisal). To address this type of situation, the University has retained the services of a company, EthicsPoint, to facilitate confidential and anonymous reporting.

What is EthicsPoint?

EthicsPoint provides one additional means to support John Carroll's commitment to integrity and just dealings. EthicsPoint provides you with simple, risk-free ways to report, anonymously and confidentially, activities that may involve criminal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in violation of the University's policies. You may file a report by using this site (see top bar: "File a Report") or by dialing toll-free 1-866-860-1886. The EthicsPoint system will guide you through a questionnaire that assists you to report your concerns completely and confidentially.

Reports submitted via EthicsPoint will be handled promptly and discreetly. No retaliatory action will be taken against anyone for reporting or inquiring in good faith about potential breaches of the University's policies or for seeking guidance on how to handle suspected breaches.

Reports submitted through EthicsPoint will be given careful attention by the University. The objective is to correct the situation being reported after facts have been corroborated. The University encourages you to return to the EthicsPoint web site (or redial the toll free number) 10 business days after filing a report to check on its status. The University may require additional information from you to proceed with an investigation. Your anonymity will be protected by EthicsPoint.

Please note that the EthicsPoint service is not intended to replace or supersede existing procedures for reporting problems or complaints at John Carroll. It provides an additional means in situations where: (1) the reporter's anonymity is important; and / or, (2) the reporter believes that a complaint previously filed through normal channels has not been addressed in a timely or satisfactory manner. John Carroll encourages employees to resolve problems or disputes through normal procedures whenever possible.

Please keep in mind that, in cases where you are personally affected by a situation involving a complaint or grievance and you are seeking a resolution for your own benefit, it will be necessary to identify yourself to the University person / office that is responsible for investigating and responding to the situation.

What to Report

Report any situation or conduct that you believe violates an applicable law, regulation, government contract or grant requirement, or University policy. You do not need to know the exact law or requirement, or be certain a violation has occurred or will occur. If you suspect something is wrong, the better course of action is always to report it. Examples include theft; wage, benefit, or hours abuses; discrimination or sexual harassment; misuse of University property or equipment; violation of safety rules; OSHA or environmental abuse concerns; conflicts of interest; NCAA violations; and intentional misuse of the University's network or computers.

EthicsPoint is NOT a 911 or Emergency Service
Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact local authorities. The emergency number for Campus Safety Services is 216-397-4600.