The Many Benefits of Whistleblower Hotlines on Campus

At places of higher learning, there is a diversity that can be difficult to bridge, particularly when every department has leaders in their respective fields.  With so many well-informed and articulate employees, how can a school administration generate a universally embraced compliance philosophy?

The correct answer to this quiz is to design and implement a robust culture of compliance, anchored by anonymous reporting platforms, employee training, and employee manuals.  When the administration of a school provides and nurtures these essential elements of a compliance program, the administration communicates its intentions to comply with not only the letter but also the spirit of the law.

Ethical Advocate sees whistleblower hotlines as a perfect opportunity to signal an administrative compliance priority, particularly at public colleges and universities where anonymous reporting is already mandatory.  The statutory requirements can create a win-win for the administration.  The hotline is already mandatory, yet, through administrative compliance, it imparts comfort to employees that the administration is prepared and competent to receive and investigate anonymous reports.

One of Ethical Advocate’s collegiate clients contacted Ethical Advocate for help expanding its culture as an ethically-oriented organization.  Ethical Advocate designed for them a multi-lingual reporting system, offering both a web-based application and a telephone hotline.  Ethical Advocate also included unlimited training sessions and manuals, along with promotional materials to publicize the system to staff.

Our bonus for completing our homework for the college was the report card from the dean of business who rated Ethical Advocate’s services as “exemplary”.  No matter how many years Ethical Advocate has been in business and no matter how many clients we have served, we strive to earn a gold star – from every client.