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Boston College Ethics Hotline

Boston College is committed to excellence and strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in its operations and in its relationships with employees and organizations with which it does business. The University's Professional Standards and Business Conduct policy contains general guidelines for ethical business practices.

Our faculty, administrators and staff are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment characterized by high ethical behavior and by compliance with University policies, and all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The University strongly encourages all members of the Boston College community to report all forms of unethical and improper behavior, whether related to financial reporting, misappropriation of property, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, breaches of confidentiality, or other matters. If you have information about behavior believed to be in violation of the law, University policies or ethical standards, the normal course of action is to report these suspected violations to one's supervisor or to the person or office responsible for investigating and responding to the specific situations. If it is not feasible to report such concerns to one's own supervisor, or to specifically identified University offices, such as the University Harassment Counselor or the University Office of Institutional Diversity, other lines of communication should be considered, such as the Internal Audit Department or the Office of the General Counsel.

Situations may arise, however, when an individual discovers or reasonably suspects unethical or illegal behavior and yet may be reluctant to report it for fear of reprisal or retaliation. Accordingly, Boston College has selected EthicsPoint, a third-party vendor, to provide an anonymous Ethics Hotline.

EthicsPoint will facilitate confidential and anonymous reporting of concerns about any aspect of University compliance, through either a direct telephone call or an online intake process.

Completed reports submitted via EthicsPoint will be handled promptly and discreetly. Persons filing reports are not required to provide their names and the University will respect anonymity and confidentiality insofar as practical and in accordance with the law. Please be advised that some matters cannot be appropriately addressed when the complainant chooses to remain anonymous. We encourage anyone making a report to return to this web site within 14 business days of filing a report to determine if the University requires further information in order to proceed or supplement the investigation. When returning to the web site, use the Report Key assigned by EthicsPoint and your private password.

Boston College policy prohibits retaliatory action against anyone for reporting or inquiring about potential violations of law, University policies or ethical standards or for seeking guidance on how to handle suspected violations.

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: 855-327-4477

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 14 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.

If you require emergency services please contact your local authorities and the Boston College Police Department emergency number 617-552-4444