Safe Disclosure (Whistle Blowing) Reporting

 

ABOUT THE POLICY ON SAFE DISCLOSURE

The Policy provides for an impartial channel for good faith reporting of Improper Activities (Whistle Blowing) and protection from reprisal for those who make such reports.

WHO CAN FILE A DISCLOSURE?

Any member of the University community who feels that Improper Activity, as defined in the Policy, has occurred or is occurring, can file a confidential disclosure with the Secretary-General.

Improper Activity means an act or omission committed by a member of the University community (other than a student) that constitutes Academic Misconduct, Research Misconduct or Financial Misconduct, or any combination thereof.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE PRIOR ACTIONS BEFORE FILING A DISCLOSURE?

There is an expectation that members of the University community will continue to use existing channels to report Improper Activity and only resort to the Policy on Safe Disclosure if such channels prove ineffective or are inappropriate in the circumstances.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO INCLUDE IN MY DISCLOSURE?

The Disclosure shall be in writing and provide, as clearly as possible, information as to: the specific activity thought to be improper, dates on which the activity occurred, if known; the person(s) alleged to be involved and any other information that would be useful for the investigation of the allegation(s).

CONTACT INFORMATION (Confidential Reporting)

SECRETARY-GENERAL 
James Administration Building / Pavillon James de l’administration 
845, Sherbrooke Ouest, room 313 
Montreal (Qc) H3A 0G4 
Email: safe.disclosure [at] mcgill.ca

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I MAKE A REPORT?

All reasonable steps shall be taken to protect information relative to the discloser. The Secretary-General will transmit the report to the appropriate Responsible Officer for review. Please, refer to Section 4 of the Policy for further details.

WHO ARE THE RESPONSIBLE OFFICERS?

  • If the matter is one of Academic Misconduct or if it involves more than one form of misconduct, it is the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic); 
  • If the matter is one of Research Misconduct: it is the Research Integrity Officer; 
  • If the matter is one of Financial Misconduct: it is the Director of Internal Audit.