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California Whistleblower Protection Act

July 29, 2019
Kiersten Boyce
Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Compliance Officer
July 29, 2019

Dear Members of the Campus Community,
 
The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University’s Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for employees to bring forward concerns of potential employee misconduct. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring forward concerns about possible improper governmental activity directly to their supervisor, department head, Locally Designated Official (LDO) or other appropriate university offices or officials. 
 
The university established a systemwide, independently-operated whistleblower hotline to receive calls or web-based reporting from faculty, staff, students or members of the public. The hotline allows for anonymous reporting. The hotline relays the reported concerns to appropriate university officials (typically, the LDO) for processing. This hotline is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours per day and is capable of receiving reports in a number of different languages.
 
The toll-free number is 1-800-403-4744. Web-based reports can be made by accessing http://universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline. More information about the whistleblower process can be found on the UC Whistleblower website and on posters displayed in various employee areas. UCR’s whistleblower poster identifies other channels for reporting improper governmental activity, including the California State Auditor, the California Attorney General and locations for reporting fraud and abuse involving federal programs.  In addition, the Help@ucr website is a tool for UCR faculty, students, staff and others to identify reporting and complaint filing options. 
 
The California Government Code requires every state agency, including the University of California, to annually distribute to its employees a message from the California State Auditor that provides an explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act. Please find the 2019 message attached. 

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