Process for Addressing Inappropriate Activities (Whistleblower)

Whistleblower Hotline: 1-800-971-4317
or via the Web Reporting Hotline System.

The University of Chicago strives to create the best possible environment for scholarly activity. Increasingly, this environment is affected by laws, rules and regulations, and the University’s own policies. Each of us is obligated to know what to do to comply with these requirements, and to do what is right. Under University policy, it is the responsibility of employees who are aware of any inappropriate actions to make the University aware so the situation can be properly addressed. We also encourage you to ask questions relating to ethical and compliance issues.

The University maintains a range of reporting options, including a telephone hotline 1-800-971-4317 and an online Web Reporting Hotline System, for the reporting of concerns about compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies at the University; or misappropriation of University assets, accounting irregularities, or fraud. You are also encouraged to seek guidance regarding ethics or compliance issues. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You may also choose to report information anonymously. University policy prohibits retaliation against employees who report possible violations in good faith. All reports are investigated and addressed as appropriate.

This hotline service does not replace other existing reporting methods, and the University encourages members of the University community to report concerns through normal lines of communication. Routine discussion with one’s supervisor is generally the preferred method to address concerns. The University also provides a host of other resources to provide assistance. A points of contact list can be found here.

The hotline is not intended for reporting employee grievances, such as complaints concerning working conditions, performance evaluations, hours of work, wages, or merit raises, and only compliance-related issues will be investigated. Please contact Human Resource Services' Office of Employee Relations to discuss any grievance you may have.

In case of an emergency, life threatening injury, or immediate danger, please call 911.

For any questions regarding the Hotline, please contact Lisa Seilheimer, Executive Director for Compliance and Internal Audit.