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Whistleblower Policy

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date:
December 3, 2021

Policy Narrative

Daemen College requires all trustees, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of the College, we must practice honesty and integrity when fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The College’s internal controls and operating procedures are intended to detect, prevent or deter improper activities; however, even the best systems of control cannot provide absolute safeguards against irregularities.  Accordingly, the College has adopted this Whistleblower Policy to provide a mechanism to assist and encourage trustees, officers and employees to come forward in good faith with reports or concerns about suspected compliance issues on a timely basis.

Reporting Responsibility
It is the responsibility of all trustees, officers and employees to report suspected financial misconduct. This Whistleblower Policy governs only the reporting and investigation of suspected financial misconduct, such as violations of applicable laws, external regulations, College policy of a financial nature or misuse of College resources. Financial misconduct may include, but is not limited to, ethics violations, fraudulent transactions, conflicts of interest, inappropriate expenditure of funds, questionable internal controls and failure to comply with accounting standards and audit practices, theft or inappropriate use of cash or other College resources, falsification of hours worked for payroll purposes and inappropriate spending of cash through the accounts payable process. The policy is not intended and may not be used for personal or employment grievances, general compensation and benefit complaints, opinions on policy, etc. Such concerns should be pursued in accordance with pertinent policies articulated in the appropriate sections of employee and student handbooks.  While this policy pertains only to trustees, officers and employees of the College, students with concerns in this regard are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (or designee), who will determine the most appropriate course of action.

The complete policy may be viewed on the College’s website at: daemen.edu/employeepolicies.

Crime Reporting Policy
Daemen College strives to maintain a safe campus and relies on all members of the campus community to do their part to keep our campus safe. Any member of the campus community – faculty, student, staff, trustee – who observes criminal activity on the Daemen main campus or at any off-campus instructional site is expected to report such conduct promptly to the police and to the Office of Campus Safety (persons designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under the Clery Act or Responsible Persons under Title IX are obligated to report criminal activity and have received training accordingly.)

Criminal activity includes but is not necessarily limited to: physical assault, including sexual assault and abuse; burglary, robbery, arson, unauthorized display or use of a dangerous weapon, and the illegal distribution or manufacture of controlled substances. If you observe a crime, phone 911 immediately and follow the instructions of the police. Contact Campus Safety immediately thereafter. Any crime directly involving a member of the campus community, whether as victim or alleged perpetrator, should also be brought to the prompt attention of the Office of Campus Safety. In addition, there are occasions when minors (persons under 18 years of age) are on the Daemen College campus or involved in College events. Any person who observes the sexual abuse of a minor or has a reasonable suspicion of such abuse, should immediately notify Campus Safety and the local police authorities (call 911). A call may also be made to the NYS Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342- 3720. Any such conduct involving a Daemen student or employee should also be brought to the attention of the Office of the President. The prompt reporting of criminal activity is essential to securing a safe campus environment for all persons, including guests and members of the public. No one is exempt from the expectation of law-abiding behavior. There shall be no form of retaliation within the Daemen College community against any person making a good faith report of suspected criminal activity.

Purpose of Policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen College Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.

This policy’s virtual location is in the General College Policies section (Section ) of the Student Handbook –  https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-5-general-college-policies.

Updated on January 14, 2022

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