Montana State University

MSU launches new compliance hotline

April 2, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University has launched a new compliance hotline for its four campuses.

The MSU Compliance Hotline is now available as a way for employees, students and the general public to make reports about university compliance issues in confidence. Administrators from MSU’s four campuses announced the hotline today at a regular, monthly university council meeting.

To submit a report using the hotline, individuals may either visit a webpage online or call a toll-free number. Reports submitted via the MSU Compliance Hotline will go through EthicsPoint, a third-party provider, to specific university employees charged with reviewing and evaluating reports. If the individual submitting a report indicates that he or she prefers to remain anonymous, the EthicsPoint system will not collect information about that person’s identity. The few MSU employees who have access to the EthicsPoint system will evaluate the validity of reports while treating information received from the system confidentially.

The university adopted the MSU Compliance Hotline as a way to address compliance concerns about accounting and financial, athletics, discrimination or harassment, health and safety, human resources, information security and technology and research matters at the university, according to Daniel Adams, director of MSU Institutional Audit and Advisory Services.

Adams said that university policy encourages faculty and staff to report suspected policy violations to an appropriate university official, but the university recognizes that in some circumstances, faculty or staff may feel the need for a more confidential or anonymous way to express concerns about noncompliance.

Hotlines similar to the MSU Compliance Hotline are fairly standard at larger universities, in part because of federal guidelines, Adams added.

Contact: Daniel Adams, MSU Institutional Audit and Advisory Services, (406) 994-1805 or danieladams@montana.edu