Boston University recognizes its obligation to employees and constituents to maintain the highest ethical standards. The University has established a hotline to provide a way to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of Boston University policies. Boston University has selected EthicsPoint to provide this service for the University community. You may file a report on this web site, or you may do so by telephone through the EthicsPoint Call Center by dialing toll-free 1-866-294-8451. Alternatively, you may submit a report in writing to the following address: Boston University, C/O EthicsPoint, PO Box 230369, Portland, OR 97223.
Boston University has established a number of policies and procedures for handling the concerns and complaints of all members of the University community. This hotline is not a substitute for, nor does it supersede, any existing reporting methods or protocols. Instead, the EthicsPoint system is intended to offer an additional means of reporting in situations in which the individual making the report is unable or unwilling to use the existing procedures, and provides a method of reporting issues or complaints anonymously. This service is designed specifically for complaints such as those related to financial, accounting or donor stewardship issues, intercollegiate athletics violations, environmental health and safety matters, conflicts of interest, ethics concerns, and research issues. The University encourages its employees to attempt to resolve problems or disputes through established channels whenever possible.
This hotline should not be used to report human resources matters, or issues concerning employment-related discrimination or harassment. Matters of this nature usually cannot be appropriately addressed when the complainant chooses to remain anonymous, and Boston University may not be able to investigate such allegations in an anonymous report. These matters should be reported using the existing policies and procedures designed to effectively address them. Any conduct or concerns that relate to suspected hazing activities, including any form of harassment, should be reported through EthicsPoint. Please use the recommended procedures outlined by the Office of Human Resources for the following types of issues:
- Discrimination (race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status)
- Sexual Harassment
- Staff Grievances
- Faculty Grievances
Upon submission of a report, EthicsPoint will promptly forward the report to the appropriate University personnel for review and investigation. All reports will be investigated promptly and discreetly, receiving careful consideration with the objective of addressing any improper conduct or violation of University policy. If you file a report through EthicsPoint, you are encouraged to return here or call back after 10 business days. The University may have information for you regarding your report, or may request additional information from you that is necessary in order to complete the investigation. In all cases, your anonymity will be protected by EthicsPoint. No retaliatory action will be taken against anyone for reporting or inquiring in good faith about potential violations of Boston University's policies, or for seeking guidance with respect to suspected violations.