Whistleblower Protection Program and Policy
The University has a responsibility to conduct its affairs ethically and in compliance with the law. If you suspect that a UC employee is engaged in improper activities, you should know there are policies that can show you how to "blow the whistle" and can protect you from retaliation if the need arises.
What you can report: Any activity by UC or a UC employee that violates a state or federal law or regulation (e.g., corruption, malfeasance, bribery, theft or misuse of government property, fraud, coercion, or conversion); or wastes money, or involves gross misconduct, gross incompetence, or gross inefficiency.
Where to report: Make a report directly to the UC Merced locally designated official, 228-4368 or to the UC Compliance Hotline at 800.403.4744. (The multi-lingual hotline is independently operated to help ensure confidentiality.)
How to report: In writing or orally with as much specific factual information possible. You may report anonymously, if preferred. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.
Protection from retaliation: If you believe you have been retaliated against for whistleblowing, immediately contact the locally designated official, or the human resources or academic personnel office, or your supervisor for information on how to file a grievance or complaint.
More information concerning Whistleblower and Whistleblower Retaliation policies can be found online at http://ucwhistleblower.ucop.edu/