Chancellor sends reminder on whistleblowing policy

An email from the UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau distributed this morning reminded UC Berkeley faculty and staff of the university’s policy on whistleblowing, listing additional resources for how to report improper activities and promising protection for whistleblowers.

A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government department, a public or private organization or a company.

The following is the email the chancellor sent out to the campus:

Dear UC Berkeley faculty and staff,

The University of California encourages all employees to report improper governmental activities 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.

In an effort to provide employees with information on how to report improper governmental activities, below are links to both UCOP’s and the State Auditor’s websites related to whistleblowing. ┬áThese websites tell you about where to report, how to report, the resolution processes and the protection you will be provided.

Yours sincerely,

Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

HOW TO BLOW THE WHISTLE ON SUSPECTED IMPROPER ACTIVITIES AND PROTECTION FROM RETALIATION
The University of California wants you to report improper governmental activities, and will protect you from retaliation for whistleblowing.
Please visit the UCOP website at http://ucwhistleblower.ucop.edu

TO PRINT A POSTER
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website at http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/policy/whistleblower.pdf and click on Whistleblower.
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STATE AUDITOR’S WEBSITE
A Message from the State Auditor:
CALL THE STATE AUDITOR’S WHISTLEBLOWER HOTLINE TO REPORT THE IMPROPER ACTS OF STATE AGENCIES OR EMPLOYEES In addition to the above procedures, you have the option of reporting improper governmental activities directly to the State Auditor whistleblower hotline at 1 (800) 952-5665 or to the California Attorney General hotline at
1 (800) 952-5225 or visit http://bsa.ca.gov/hotline/filecomp.html.
According to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof, the email reminder was a routine notification that happens often to make sure everyone on campus is aware of UC policies and practices.

Alan Kolling, campus whistleblower coordinator at the Office of the Chancellor, said under state government code, the email must be sent out annually on or before July 1, directed towards all faculty, staff and student staff.