Reporting Illegal or Unethical Conduct at the University of Arizona

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TO: Campus Community
FROM: Ann Weaver Hart, President
DATE: July 26, 2012
SUBJECT: Reporting Illegal or Unethical Conduct at the University of Arizona

The recent convictions of Jerry Sandusky for child sexual abuse, the findings of the Freeh report, and the recent actions of the NCAA highlight the importance of reporting illegal or unethical conduct at the University of Arizona. We should be particularly vigilant in protecting the health and safety of youth and children who participate in UA programs.

The University of Arizona exists to improve people’s lives. It contradicts the mission and purpose of the University not to take action when someone is victimized by a crime or other forms of harassment. Failure to report such acts perpetuates and encourages them. If you witness anything you believe to be abusive or criminal, please contact the UA Police Department immediately at (520) 621‑8273, or 911 in case of an emergency. If you would like to remain anonymous, the UAPD has established a tip line where you can provide information confidentially at (520) 626-0066.

If you experience or witness discrimination or harassment, you also should report the matter immediately. Complaints about student misconduct should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. Complaints related to faculty, staff, vendor or visitor misconduct should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity.

Employees who supervise others, teach students or have management authority over a University-sponsored program or activity must promptly notify the Office of Institutional Equity if they have reason to suspect a violation of the employee Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy. The University’s Ethics and Compliance Hotline provides the opportunity for reporting suspected ethics or compliance violations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (866) 364-1908. The hotline also allows anonymous reports or concerns.

Again, important phone numbers to note:

  • All Emergencies: 911
  • UAPD Tips and Information Line: (520) 626-0066
  • Dean of Students: (520) 621-7057
  • Office of Institutional Equity: (520) 621-9449
  • Ethics and Compliance Hotline: (866) 364-1908

Every report will be taken seriously and will receive proper follow-up by the appropriate UA department. No one at the University of Arizona is above the law, regardless of his or her position or notoriety.