Follow-up on a Report FAQs
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To Make a Report

Online

By Phone

Dial toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada: 888-581-2145

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.

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 your local authorities.

The Diocese of Providence has a firm commitment to the practice of stewardship and accountability. As a church, we understand that we must strive to practice the same high ethical standards that we encourage people to practice in their day-to-day lives. The practices, policies and structures of the local church are set up to reinforce our goal of being accountable and ethical in all of our dealings.

We strive to be accountable, first, by involving a wide number of people in consultative councils at the parish and Diocesan level. At the parish level this insistence is codified in that every parish have a finance council as dictated by Canon Law and we highly recommend that every parish have a Pastoral Council. At the Diocesan level, the Bishop's involvement with the Diocesan Finance Council, including the Diocesan Audit Committee, and the College of Consultors and Council of Priests exemplifies this policy. Secondly, we publish a Certified Financial Audit Report of Diocesan Operations and a financial summary for the Diocese of Providence and require each parish to give an annual report to their parishioners as well as report to Diocesan Central offices. Thirdly, we have an active internal audit office to monitor our compliance with acceptable accounting practices for our parish operations.

To support the extensive policies and procedures of the Diocese, we are instituting a Financial Accountability Hotline to allow employees, volunteers, vendors, parishioners and other interested parties to report concerns they have regarding examples of suspected financial misconduct. EthicsPoint, an independent third-party company, administers this hotline. The hotline is designed to provide a simple, risk-free means for reporting concerns about possible financial misconduct. Reports may be filed on this hotline either via the web or by phone via one of EthicsPoint's trained specialists at 1-888-581-2145.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the Church. My prayer is that we may all grow together as witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sincerely yours,

Bishop Thomas Tobin

About the Reporting Process

Through the Diocese of Providence Hotline, both Diocesan employees and other interested parties have a means to confidentially report any violation of financial misconduct or conflict of interest. If the person making the report requests anonymity in making the report, we will respect this request. Please refer to Our Commitment to Anonymity and Confidentiality which can be found below.

Whether made through the Diocesan website or via the dedicated toll-free telephone hotline, all reports submitted through the Diocesan Hotline will be given careful attention by Diocesan officials through the Diocesan Conduct Committee.

This hotline is designed to only accept and respond to allegations of financial misconduct or conflicts of interest involving employees, board members of Diocesan entities and parishes as well as all volunteers involved with any and all Diocesan financial activity.

Follow Up on a Report

All reports submitted through the Diocesan Hotline will be given careful attention by the Diocesan Conduct Committee. This committee will be comprised of the Vicar for Planning and Financial Services, Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese and the Director of the Parish Financial Assistance Office. Reports may be made anonymously, if so desired. If you make a report via this site, you are encouraged to return to the site after five working days and click on the Follow-Up on a Report button on the website homepage. You will be asked to enter your private Report Key and password that were assigned to you upon completing your report. At that time, the Diocese of Providence may have information on your report, or may ask you for further information in order to proceed with the follow-up action.

Our Commitment to Anonymity and Confidentiality

If you request to remain anonymous when making your report, we will respect your request. However, you should be aware that others who are familiar with the situation you are reporting may be able to guess your identity. You should note that reports are never sent to implicated parties or subordinates.

We will also treat your report confidentially. In many cases, the Diocesan Conduct Committee is able to investigate matters without disclosing to anyone outside the group that a hotline report has been made. Please note, however, that it is not possible to guarantee absolute confidentiality in all circumstances. Disclosure to others inside or outside the Diocese may be required by law in certain cases.

Please do not let these possibilities discourage you from reporting a concern.

Data Privacy

The Diocese of Providence collects and uses personal data submitted via this website, which is hosted on its behalf by EthicsPoint, Inc.

EthicsPoint has certified with the United States Department of Commerce that it will adhere to the Safe Harbor Framework.

If you submit a report to us via this website, the information contained in it will be used by us and the Diocesan organization in accordance with our Privacy Policy. By submitting your report you confirm that you understand that your data will be used, processed and shared (where appropriate) throughout the Diocesan organization for the purposes of investigating the issues raised.

By placing your report with EthicsPoint you acknowledge and agree that the Diocese of Providence may process, store and otherwise use the reported information as they deem appropriate to investigate and take appropriate action in response to your report.