Whistleblowing: Reporting Incidents of Fraud and Abuse
Niagara University has a responsibility for the stewardship of University resources and the private support that enables it to pursue its mission. The University is committed to compliance with the laws and regulations to which it is subject, as well as following high standards of business and personal ethics, honesty and integrity.
The University continually audits its internal controls and operating procedures to detect, prevent, and deter improper activities. However, even the best systems of control cannot provide absolute safeguards against irregularities. Intentional and unintentional violations of laws, regulations, policies and procedures may occur and may constitute improper activities. The University has adopted a Whistleblower Policy governing complaints submitted by University trustees, officers, employees, students, and volunteers who report violations or suspected violations of the law.
Individuals wishing to report violations or suspected violations may do so by sending a notice in any of the following ways:
- Completing the web form available here.
- A personal visit, call, letter, or e-mail to the Niagara University General Counsel's Office.
- A personal visit, call, letter, or e-mail to the Niagara University Human Resources Department.
- For employees only: please follow the additional means described in Human Resources policy on Whistleblowing.
Additional methods to report violations or suspected violations:
- Complaints or concerns regarding any form of discrimination (which also includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking) should be made directly to the Office for Equity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator Ryan Thompson. Policies, procedures, resources and contact information can be found at www.niagara.edu/oei.
- Student grievances of any sort may be reported per the Student Grievance Policy.
- NCAA violations may be reported to the Associate Director for Compliance.
- Grade appeal information is here;
- Academic Integrity violations may be reported or appealed here.
- Concerns regarding conflicts of interests may be addressed here.
No individual who in good faith reports a violation or suspected violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment or academic or educational consequence. However, persons who abuse the complaint process with frivolous or knowingly false reports may be subject to discipline.