Mercy College is committed to conducting its affairs in accordance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations and to ensuring that its internal policies are followed. The College expects all College community members to report conduct or suspected conduct that they in good faith believe may violate the law or College policy ("whistleblower") so that the College may investigate and take appropriate action.
Persons with knowledge or conduct or conditions that pose an imminent threat to the health or safety of any member of the Mercy College community or the public should immediately call 911 or Campus Public Safety x7225 or x9999.
This policy should not be used for routine personnel or managerial disputes.
Suspected misconduct that should be reported includes, but is not limited to the following:
Reports of violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation, to comply with all applicable laws and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. While a report may be made anonymously, doing so may hinder the College's ability to investigate and resolve the complaint.
No Mercy community member who in good faith reports any action or suspected action taken by or within the College that is illegal, fraudulent or in violation of any College policy shall suffer intimidation, harassment, discrimination or other retaliation or, in the case of employees, adverse employment consequences such as demotion, suspension, termination, or threat to do the same.
Any community member who engages in retaliatory behavior against another individual who has reported a suspected violation or cooperated in an investigation of, or proceeding relevant to, a violation may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable procedures under the relevant College policies, procedures, bylaws or collective bargaining agreements, or severance of the relationship with the College.
The Director of Internal Audit shall be responsible for the administration of this policy including: