Reporting Fraud

An employee who suspects fraud, impropriety or irregularity shall promptly report those suspicions to the immediate supervisor and/or the superintendent. The superintendent shall have primary responsibility for any investigations, in coordination with legal counsel and other internal or external departments and agencies as appropriate.

Whistleblowers

The district encourages complaints, reports or inquiries about illegal practices or violations of district policies, including illegal or improper conduct by the district, its leadership or by others on its behalf. Reports could include, but not be limited to, financial improprieties, accounting or audit matters, ethical violations or other similar illegal or improper practices or policies. The district prohibits retaliation by or on behalf of the district against staff members who make good faith complaints, reports or inquiries under this policy or for participations in a review or investigation under this policy. This protection extends to those whose allegations are made in good faith but prove to be mistaken. The district reserves the right to discipline persons who make bad faith, knowingly false, or vexatious complaints, reports or inquiries or who otherwise abuse this policy.

Complaints, reports or inquiries may be made under this policy on a confidential or anonymous basis. They should describe in detail the specific facts demonstrating the bases for the complaints, reports or inquiries. They should be directed to the superintendent. If the superintendent is implicated in the complaint, report or inquiry, it should be directed to the board of education. The district will conduct a prompt review or investigation. The district may be unable to fully evaluate a vague or general complaint, report or inquiry that is made anonymously.

 

Excerpt from USD253 Board Policy DC, approved 25 Sept 2013

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