101.15 - Protection for Reporting Improper Government Activities

University Group Policy #101.15

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina that employees shall be encouraged to report to their supervisor, department head, or other appropriate authority evidence of activity by a State agency or State employee constituting: (1) A violation of State or federal law, rule or regulation; (2) Fraud; (3) Misappropriation of State resources; (4) Substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety; or (5) Gross mismanagement, a gross waste of monies, or gross abuse of authority. Employees shall be free of intimidation or harassment when reporting to public bodies about matters of public concern, including offering testimony to or testifying before appropriate legislative panels.

Guidelines

Retaliation

No Winston-Salem State University employee exercising direct or indirect supervisory authority may discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against another WSSU employee regarding his/her compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because that employee, or a person acting on behalf of the employee, reports or is about to report any activity described in this policy, unless the State employee knows or has reason to believe that the report is inaccurate.

No WSSU employee may retaliate against another WSSU employee because the employee, or a person acting on behalf of the employee, reports or is about to report any activity described in this policy.

No WSSU employee exercising direct or indirect supervisory authority may discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against another WSSU employee regarding his/her compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because that employee has refused to carry out a directive which in fact constitutes a violation of State or federal law, rule, or regulation or poses a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety.

No WSSU employee may retaliate against another WSSU employee because the employee has refused to carry out a directive which may constitute a violation of State or federal law, rule or regulation, or poses a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety.

Civil Actions for Injunctive Relief

Any WSSU employee injured by a violation of the protection from retaliation may maintain an action in superior court for damages, an injunction, or other remedies against the person or agency who committed the violation in accordance with the applicable North Carolina law.

Applicability

This policy is applicable to employees of Winston-Salem State University.


Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Authority: Board of Trustees

History:

  • Adopted: September 16, 2011