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Anonymous Reporting Topics for the Integrity Helpline

The anonymous integrity helpline encourages you to report in the following areas:

Child/Elder Abuse

If this is an imminent threat call 911.

Physical injury or death by other than accidental means on a child or elder by another person. It includes willful hard or injury, assault and exploitation, endangerment and unlawful corporal punishment or injury.

Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment/Vendor Relationships

Gifts, gratuities or benefits, honoraria acceptance, near relatives, PhRMA code, interactions with healthcare professionals.

Contracting for Covered Services

Violations including wage and benefit parity violations, inappropriate contracting for covered services, failure to employee qualified individuals

Discrimination/Harassment

Issues related to admissions, employment, hostile work environment or to abuse or authority, due to your or another’s race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical of mental disability, medical condition, (cancer related or genetic characteristic), genetic information (including family history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or service in the uniformed services.

Fraud/Theft/Embezzlement

Deliberate submittal of false claims to private health insurance and/or tax-funded health insurance programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, issues related to credentials management, bribery, compensation plan violations, embezzlement, employment credentials misrepresentation, falsification of University records, fraud (including health insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, Medicare fraud, Stark/Stark II, vendor consultant/contractor fraud & workers compensation fraud, kickbacks, incentive payments/gainsharing, theft of cash, theft of goods/services, and travel/expense reimbursement.

Health/Safety/Violence

Violence and threats of violence, on the job injuries related to a workers compensation claim, public safety or sanitation issue affecting University property or stemming from University facilities, unsafe working conditions within the University workplace that poses a threat of injury or illness to the employees within that area, any threat to the safety of individuals working in or around a University research laboratory.

Information Security/Privacy Violations

Issues related to computer security and data integrity, breaches of confidentiality, access to or release of data restricted either by classification or by user account or group, grant misconduct, violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), identity theft “Red Flags” rule, access or release of student educational records or other violations of student privacy (FERPA), improper access to or release of an employee’s student’s or customer’s personal information (GLBA violations), and HIPAA patient privacy violations.

Medical Care and Misconduct

Policies, practices or individual actions causing unacceptable quality of care to patients including negligence, medical errors, accidents or abuse.

Research Misconduct

Issues related to academic fraud and misconduct, including animal subject concerns, clinical trials issues, copyright/trademark violations, export controls violations, grant misconduct misappropriation, human subject concerns and scientific research misconduct.

Retaliation

Retaliation actions taken by Managers, Supervisors or co-workers.

Sexual Misconduct

Non-consensual sexual violence or sexual assault, sexual contact, relationship violence including dating violence and domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment including quid pro quo and hostile work environment, invasion of sexual privacy, exposure and retaliation. Non-consensual conduct includes conduct that was consented under duress or by a person who is not competent to consent, a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a person who is unconscious or a person who is incompetent to consent. Cases will be reported to the Title IX office.

Waste/Misuse of University Resources

Issues related to abuse or authority, improper use of technology/resources, lobbying or improper political activity, missing/unaccountable assets, theft of time, use of resources for private/personal business, wage and hour issues and misconduct, incompetency and inefficiency.

Workplace Misconduct

Bullying, coercion, employee dishonesty, employee lack of integrity and/or dishonesty, failure to follow rules or policy, inappropriate or illegal supervisor directive, nepotism or favoritism, policy violations, sabotage or vandalism, student misconduct against University faculty or staff, substance abuse on University property, wrongful disclosure or discharge, other human resource matters.

Other Issues

The Integrity Helpline is not a 911 or emergency service. Do not use the integrity Helpline to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through the Helpline may not receive an immediate response. If you need emergency assistance contact your local authorities or Tulane University Police Department.

The Integrity Helpline is not intended to replace management or supervisory oversight. You can always report your concerns to your immediate Manager or Supervisor.

Tulane University does not tolerate retaliation against those who in good faith report suspected misconduct. See Anonymous reporting policy for more details.