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Letter from Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr., President

Dr. Donna H. Oliver, President

At Mississippi Valley State University, we take seriously our commitment to being both accountable and ethical stewards of our university. Accordingly, I believe that the participation and engagement of each member of our university community is critical in that effort.

I ask your help in pledging to promote an environment that emphasizes responsibility, integrity and safety in everything we do. As members of the collective Valley community, we are responsible for our own individual actions and choices; we’re also often in positions to observe the impact of decisions beyond our control.

While I am confident that unethical actions do not characterize the MVSU family, I do want to ensure that we have effective ways of reporting activities that strike us as inappropriate. To help in that effort, the university recently has installed a new phone and Internet-based reporting system aptly called the MVSU Ethics Line.

Managed by the company EthicsPoint, it provides easy ways to discreetly and confidentially report activities that may involve criminal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in violation of MVSU policies.

We view MVSU Ethics Line as a reporting tool to assist the university family in working together to address fraud, abuse, misconduct, and other violations, while helping to cultivate a more efficient, productive and positive environment within our university community. The system is built to protect the identity of the reporter, as well as providing a formal mechanism for investigation, follow-up and response. You may file a report through the MVSU Ethics Line on this web site or by telephoning toll-free 877-310-0424.

The MVSU Ethics Line is not a substitute for existing reporting channels already established by Mississippi Valley State University. MVSU has elected to provide this service as an additional means of reporting, especially when maintaining the reporter’s confidentiality is important. I encourage you to continue resolving issues or disputes through established communication channels and appropriate already established protocols first, whenever possible.

But when those channels are not available or when there is a need to maintain confidentiality, please know that the MVSU Ethics Line will provide an additional channel and medium for communication. When used wisely, I believe the MVSU Ethics Line will serve the university well in ensuring that we continue to maintain the high ethical standards we have all come to expect.

Sincerely,

Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr., President

To Make a Report

You may use either of the following two methods to submit a report:

  • Select the "Make a Report" link at the top of this web page.
  • OR
  • Dial toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada:
    877-310-0424

After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a "report key." Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.

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