July 30, 2019
The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The Universityís Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for employees to bring forward concerns of potential employee misconduct. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring forward concerns about possible improper governmental activity directly to their supervisor, department head, Locally Designated Official (LDO) or other appropriate university offices or officials.
The university established a systemwide, independently operated whistleblower hotline to receive calls or web-based reporting from faculty, staff, students or members of the public. The hotline allows for anonymous reporting. The hotline relays the reported concerns to appropriate university officials for processing. This hotline is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours per day and is capable of receiving reports in a number of different languages.
The toll-free number is 1-800-403-4744. Web-based reports can be made by accessing http://universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline. More information about the whistleblower process can be found at https://www.ucop.edu/uc-whistleblower/index.html and on posters displayed in various employee areas. The Universityís whistleblower poster identifies other channels for reporting improper governmental activity, including the California State Auditor, the California Attorney General and federal whistleblower programs.
The California Government Code requires every state agency, including the University of California, to annually distribute to its employees a message from the California State Auditor that provides an explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act. Please find the 2019 message below.
Message from the California State Auditor:
YOU CAN REPORT IMPROPER ACTS
We are your confidential avenue for reporting improper activities by state agencies or employees. It is your responsibility, as a government employee, to report any type of fraud, waste, or abuse, which ultimately protects scarce state resources. It is also your right to be free from retaliation for doing so.
In 2018 alone, we received 1,973 allegations of wrongdoing, most of which concerned misuse of state property, improper travel expenditures, and time and attendance abuse. Whistleblower complaints through our office have triggered investigations revealing more than $578 million in wasteful spending, such as:
* Four psychiatrists at a state facility worked significantly fewer
than 40 hours per week during a one year period. The cost of their
missed work hours totaled $296,000.
WE INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS
We report substantiated allegations to the head of the employing agency, the Legislature, and the Governor. In addition, we report some of the substantiated allegations to the general public, keeping confidential the identities of the state employees involved. You can view these reports on our website at: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/investigative
We refer substantiated violations of law to law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.
WHAT TO REPORT
Pursuant to Government Code section 8547.2, subdivision (c), improper acts by a state agency or employee that should be reported to the State Auditor include:
* Violations of state or federal law, including theft, fraud, or
conflict of interest;
WHAT WE CANíT INVESTIGATE
We do not have the authority to investigate either violations of internal department policies or procedures or local government agencies and employees.
WE PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
If you report an impropriety, you are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act, which:
* Requires us to protect your identity (except from law enforcement);
If you believe that you have been retaliated against for disclosing an improper governmental activity, you should report this immediately to one of the following agencies:
State and Court Employees
California State University Employees
Or contact the appointed campus administrator.
University of California (UC) Employees
HOW TO REPORT
You have three ways to report information to us confidentially:
Call the Whistleblower Hotline at:
(Note: The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, callers may leave a brief recorded message during other hours.)
Mail information to:
Submit a complaint online to:
HELPFUL TIPS WHEN FILING A COMPLAINT
Prepare Before Filing
* What is the improper activity?
Support What You Allege
* Description of the evidence that proves what you are saying.
Consider Providing Contact Information
Keep Your Complaint Confidential