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Report Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Noncompliance
Virginia Tech is committed to fostering an environment of responsible and ethical behavior.
Because the unethical behavior of just one campus community member can detract from the outstanding contributions of thousands, you are encouraged to raise questions if you have concerns about compliance with applicable laws, fraud, waste, or abuse.
Reports of suspected wrongdoing should be made at the earliest possible opportunity.
Ideally, first report your concerns to your supervisor or manager as they may be in the best position to evaluate the situation. Another alternative is to contact the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance to discuss your concerns. If you do not feel comfortable using one of those options, the Hokie Hotline is a reporting hotline where you may report your concerns confidentially or anonymously if you choose.
To truly protect the university, we need all Hokies to Speak Up if they see or suspect wrongdoing.
More information regarding the university community’s responsibility for reporting suspected fraud, waste, and abuse and the investigative process can be found in university policy 1040.
To report non-emergency -suspected crimes: Call Virginia Tech Police Dept at 540-382-4343
To report concerns regarding suicide or self-harm: Call Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557 or call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly called National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Retaliation against any individual who makes a good faith report of suspected misconduct or participated in an inquiry or investigation is strictly prohibited.
All allegations are treated seriously and reviewed to the extent allowed by the quality of the information provided and evidence available.
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- Set the right tone in your organization that compliance with rules and policies is expected.
- Separate key processes to ensure no one person can “do it all.”
- Provide training and education for your staff on the rules and their responsibilities.
- Protect sensitive data/systems.
- Keep an open and safe line of communication where concerns can be brought forward and discussed.
- An attitude that allows for “bending the rules” or “make it work” even if not ethical or compliant.
- Sudden behavioral changes of an employee from trustworthy and reliable to deceptive or unpredictable.
- An insistence that only one employee can be the point person for a transaction or communication with another party.
- A close relationship with a vendor/contractor that could influence decisions.
- Consistently missing or improperly completed documents (receipts, invoices, etc.).
- Unreconciled accounts or only a high-level summary provided for review (lack of sufficient detail or records).
- Lack of proper authorization for transactions.
Report concerns to your supervisor or manager or to the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance.
If you choose to report anonymously via the Hokie Hotline, after you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a “report key.” Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions. Questions may have been posted in order to understand and investigate your report. Checking in and responding to questions does not change your anonymous status unless you choose to share your identity.
The Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance conducts investigations in accordance with university policy 1040, Reporting and Investigating Suspected Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, as well as an internal procedures manual. Investigators maintain strict confidentiality throughout the investigative process.
The length of time required to complete an investigation can vary greatly based on the complexity of the review, access to information, level of risk, and office resources. Due to the confidential nature of investigations and the potential for personnel action, complainants will not be informed of the outcome.
Employees making good faith reports of suspected misconduct or participating in an investigation are protected from retaliation. Concerns regarding retaliation should be reported to the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance for review.
For reporting options regarding other concerns, please see the additional resources and contacts below:
Virginia Tech Police Department
To report criminal activity and/or suspicious behavior, as well as safety issues.
*for emergencies, please dial 911
Office for Equity and Accessibility
To report concerns regarding discrimination, harassment, Title IX, or the Violence Against Women Act.
Cook Counseling Center
To report concerns regarding self-harm or suicide.
540-231-6557 or call/text 988 for Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
To seek support regarding gender-based violence.
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