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Whistleblower Protection

Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to complying with local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, as well as university policies and procedures.  If you have cause to believe that there has been a violation of any policy, regulation, or law, you are encouraged to report it to your supervisor, department head, college dean, or a director or administrative officer in the relevant office (ORSP, Controller, Audit Services, Provost and VPAA, etc.).  If you prefer, you can use a confidential reporting service called EthicsPoint that can be accessed through a web portal (www.sfasu.edu/audit/fraudreport.asp) or by calling 866-294-9539. University employees are prohibited from retaliating in any manner against an individual that makes a report in good faith and these protections cannot be waived. 
 
The Whistleblower Protectrion Act of 1989 established protections for individuals who report suspected wrongdoing. There have been enhancements to the law, most recently the " Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protection" (41 U.S.C. 4712 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), P.L. 112-239), which will be in effect until January 1, 2017.  This law applies to all employees working for contractors, grantees, subcontractors, and subgrantees on federal grants and contracts.  
   
The law specifies that an "employee of a contractor, subcontractor, grantee [or subgrantee] may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against" for whistleblowing.  In addition, whistleblower protections cannot be waived by any agreement, policy, form, or condition of employment.  “Whistleblowing” means reporting information the employee "reasonably believes is evidence of" wrongdoing, which may include the following:

The protections for whistleblower status are triggered if an employee discloses the information related to the above to any of the following individuals:

Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protection. See also: 41 U.S.C. 4712 and Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 189.

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