Reporting Via the Hotline
Valdosta State University is committed to providing an ethical, efficient, and effective work environment for its employees. VSU places a high priority on improving customer service, fostering positive morale among employees, reducing wasted time and resources, and ultimately improving productivity. The responsibility to protect the valuable state resources is entrusted to every member of the VSU community. Reporting issues that may jeopardize this productive work environment is important to its overall success.
VSU has collaborated with The Network, to provide an alternative method for reporting concerns associated with suspected fraud, waste, and abuse as well as harassment that may directly affect stewardship responsibilities. VSU employees are highly encouraged, but not required, to use the established supervisory chain prior to utilizing the “Hotline” system.
Additionally, the Hotline is designed to solicit questions, comments, and feedback to improve VSU’s operational standards. Input from the campus community is essential for VSU to maintain a positive and productive workplace environment.
The information located on the right side of this page gives examples
of the type of issues that should be reported, along with how to file
a report via an online format (www.tnwinc.com/VALSU) or through a toll
State law and Board of Regents policy strictly prohibits any retaliatory action against an employee in response to reporting alleged wrongdoings (even if the investigation later finds no wrongdoing). Retaliatory action by an employee can subject that individual to termination and also subjects the institution to legal action.
What to Report
Examples of concerns that may be reported to The Network include:
Accounting or internal control issues, fraud, theft or other financial issues
Vandalism, unsafe working conditions, environmental issues or other safety matters
All issues dealing with research programs and funding
Misrepresentation of credentials, academic dishonesty or other academic violations
Confidentiality, data privacy, copyright violations or other waste or abuse of resources or information
All issues dealing with athletic department or programs
Activities related to hacking, password sharing, unauthorized access to systems or networks, software copyright violations
|Stimulus Act Abuse
Mismanagement, misuse and/or waste of funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (including abuse of authority, unfair competition practices, health and safety risks and retaliation against whistleblowers)
How to Report
If you see or suspect unethical or illegal behavior, you may report your concerns anonymously by contacting The Network:
Call toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
After processing the report, The Network will provide the information to designated university officials for appropriate action. Reports submitted to The Network will be handled promptly and discreetly. Retaliation of any kind will not be tolerated.
THE NETWORK IS NOT A 911
|Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities.|