A Whistleblower Policy is a management/governance tool that allows for the lawful disclosure of wrongful conduct at Benedict College. It is designed to protect employees, faculty, and students from reprisal should they make good faith disclosures of university-related misconduct. Benedict College strongly encourages any employee, faculty member or student to report suspected or actual wrongful conduct by any College contractor/vendor, student or employee that may include but not limited to any of the following:
- Misappropriation or misuse of college and/or government resources (financial or human). Matters that further involve allegations or events that have a significant possibility of being the result of a criminal act (the disappearance of cash).
- Action or failure to act that endangers the health or safety of the public, student, faculty or employees
- Abuses of authority
- Matters likely to receive media or other public attention or is judged to be significant or sensitive for other reasons
- Violation of federal or state laws*
*South Carolina has a Whistle Blower policy passed in 2010. (The attorney on retainer must approve any policy enacted by the College to ensure it meets the requirements and supports South Carolina State Government laws and policies)
- The choice to remain anonymous is central to this policy.
- No retaliation against any student, employee or faculty member submitting a complaint in good faith, or from participating in a compliance investigation in good faith. The College will not discipline, demote, discharge, suspend, threaten, discriminate against, or harass any such individual based on reporting under this policy.
- The office receiving reports will keep accurate records and documents of all actions taken.
Faculty and Staff:
- College-related misconduct should initially be reported to the employee’s immediate supervisor
- If the infraction involves the immediate supervisor, the next line of reporting should be established and followed; Department Chair, Dean, Director, Legal Officer, HR, or the Chief of Staff.
- College-related misconduct should first be reported to the Dept. Head, the Director of Student Affairs, the College’s Chief of Staff. Legal Attorney or the individual with responsibility for oversight compliance for that particular policy or procedure
- Once the complaint is well-documented, forward it to Legal counsel for resolution.