Friday, September 13, 2013

Policing Ethical Violations

My university has just implemented a system that enables university staff and students to report
ethical violations to a third party not affiliated with the university. This system could be valuable to the many individuals who feel too vulnerable to speak to someone working for the university. Here is the announcement:

 Dear Faculty and Staff,

As Father Peter mentioned in his August 29th Message, Villanova has implemented the EthicsPoint hotline. This comprehensive and confidential reporting tool, administered by a third party unaffiliated with Villanova, is intended to assist the University and all members of its community to address possible violations of University policies and the Student Code of Conduct, and to further promote a positive work and learning environment. 

Each one of us, regardless of our position, shares the responsibility for creating a
positive environment. One way you can help is by approaching appropriate University personnel in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards may have occurred. For times when you don’t feel comfortable using that method, we have launched the EthicsPoint hotline, a phone and web-based reporting system. Think of it as another way to communicate your concerns confidentially and anonymously.  The EthicsPoint hotline will allow you to build communication and promote safety, security and ethical behavior.  

How do I access EthicsPoint?

You can find details on filing a report here:  www.villanova.ethicspoint.com.   In addition to filing a report online you can also call: 855-236-1443. 

What is it for?

The EthicsPoint hotline is intended to assist the University and all
members of its community to address possible violations of University policies
and the Student Code of Conduct, and to further promote a positive work and
learning environment.

 Who should use it?

It is for all Villanova employees and students. The system is available in many languages,
via both the telephone and internet.

 This hotline supplements regular University reporting avenues, and
members of the Villanova community are encouraged to use it when they feel it
is necessary. This reporting system is in place to be a resource.

(ljs)

 

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