July 6, 2011


SUBJECT:    UCSD Whistleblower Hotline and UCSD Poster

The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care missions. As UC San Diego faculty, staff and students, we have an obligation to understand and follow the laws, regulations, policies and procedures that govern our academic and business practices, and to ensure that violations of established guidelines are handled appropriately when they occur.

Individuals are encouraged to discuss concerns about possible improper activity directly with their supervisors or department heads, and to take advantage of other campus reporting mechanisms currently in place. In order to provide additional assurance that employee concerns are addressed, the UCSD Hotline was established to provide an alternative avenue for reporting concerns anonymously.

The Hotline was developed to take calls from faculty, staff and students on an anonymous basis regarding possible fraud, such as misuse of assets, potential false billings, conflict of interest or other compliance issues. An independent service reviews Hotline calls and relays concerns to the University for further review and action. Trained personnel staff the Hotline seven days a week, 24 hours per day.

The Universitywide toll-free number is 1-800-403-4744. The University has also established a web Hotline which can be accessed at and a direct e-mail to the UCSD Locally Designated Official at

The University is also required to publish the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at 1-800-952-5665, and the California Attorney General Whistleblower Hotline at 1-800-952-5225.

Provisions in the California Whistleblower Protection Act (Government Code Section 8548.2 and 8548.3) require the University to post a notice, which explains provisions of the Act, by each July 1 in locations where employee notices are maintained, and send an electronic communication to employees who have UC-authorized access to e-mail. Therefore, this notice is provided to comply with the regulations, and to request that all UCSD departments print and prominently display the poster, "How to Blow the Whistle on Suspected Improper Activities." The poster is accessible electronically at:

Our goal is to ensure that the integrity of the University and its employees is above reproach - a goal I am confident we all share. The Hotline is another valuable service to assist us in creating an environment that supports and promotes our missions, our UCSD Principles of Community, and our professional ethics.

Marye Anne Fox