In 2013 the federal government enacted a pilot program, effective until January 1, 2017, providing protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in connection with federal grants and contracts. Institutions such as MSU receiving federal contracts, subcontracts, and grants are required to provide a notice to all employees of their rights and remedies under the pilot program. The pilot program was established in 41 U.S.C. 4712, Section 828 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-112publ239/pdf/PLAW-112publ239.pdf
In addition, MSU also has also recently provided an independent avenue for confidential reporting of concerns about suspected legal, regulatory, or policy violations at: www.msucompliancehotline.ethicspoint.com or 855-753-0486.