Ethics Report Line
Ethics report line is a resource for college employees to report ethical issues in confidence.
On April 9, 2007, JCCC implemented a service that allows confidential reporting of ethical issues through a "JCCC Ethics Report Line," administered by a company called EthicsPoint. The system will allow faculty and staff to report fraud, abuse or misconduct and provide continued two-way confidential communication.
JCCC Ethics Report Line at www.ethicspoint.com - file an anonymous and confidential report.
Filing a Report
You can file a report using the Internet or the telephone. By giving you choices, EthicsPoint helps ensure that employees can file a report anonymously and in the manner most comfortable or convenient to them.
Q. Does management really want me to report?
We certainly do. In fact, we need you to report. You know what is going on in your company - both good and bad. You may have initial knowledge of an activity that may be cause for concern. Your reporting can minimize the potential negative impact on the company and its people. Also, offering positive input may help identify issues that can improve corporate culture and performance.
Q. Why should I report what I know? What’s in it for me?
We all have the right to work in a positive environment and with that right comes the responsibility of acting in an ethical manner and letting the appropriate people know if someone is not acting appropriately. By working together, we can maintain a healthy and productive environment. Corporate misconduct can threaten the livelihood of an entire company.
Q. What type of situations should I report?
EthicsPoint is a communications tool providing an avenue for sharing information of any kind.
Q. If I see a violation, shouldn't I just report it to my manager, security, or human resources and let them deal with it?
You certainly can, but there are several good reasons why you should use EthicsPoint as well. First, EthicsPoint ensures that your report gets to the appropriate people. That may or may not happen if you simply report something to your manager, especially when dealing with issues not under his or her control. More importantly, reports can be filed anonymously and all report information is secure and held in the strictest confidence.
Q. I am not sure what I have observed or heard is a violation of company policy, or involves unethical conduct, but it just does not look right to me. What should I do?
File a report. EthicsPoint can help you prepare and file your report so it can be properly understood. We'd rather you report a situation that turns out to be harmless than let possible unethical behavior go unchecked because you weren't sure.
Q. What if I remember something important about the incident after I filed the report? Or what if the company has further questions for me concerning my report?
When you file a report at the EthicsPoint Web site or through the EthicsPoint Call Center, you receive a unique user name and are asked to choose a password. You can return to the EthicsPoint system again either by Internet or telephone and access the original report to answer questions posed by a company representative and add further information that will help resolve open issues. We strongly suggest that you return to the site in the time specified to answer company questions. You and the company now have entered into an “anonymous dialogue” where situations are not only identified but can be resolved, no matter how complex.
Q. Can I still file a report if I don’t have access to the Internet?
You can file an EthicsPoint report from any computer that can access the Internet. You can file from home. Many public locations, including the public library, have Internet computers. If you don’t have access or are uncomfortable using a computer, you can call your EthicsPoint toll-free hotline 888-779-8076 which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.