Villanova University has contracted with EthicsPoint to provide a confidential Internet and telephone based reporting tool to give University faculty, staff and students an anonymous and confidential way to address misconduct in the workplace or classroom setting due to mismanagement of funds, fraud, or other violations of law or University policy. Members of the University community are strongly encouraged to ask questions and raise concerns. Anyone expressing such a concern or report is protected from retaliation.
What is EthicsPoint?
EthicsPoint is a third-party, unaffiliated to Villanova University, which provides hotline services to numerous institutions of higher education throughout the United States. By using EthicsPoint, the person who is raising the question or concern may choose to remain anonymous.
How do I file a Report?
If you call the EthicsPoint toll-free number, you will be greeted by a professionally trained call center staff person. You will be asked to provide the same information that you would provide if you were using the online report form. The interviewer will type your responses into the system and use that to generate an electronic report. These electronic reports have the same security and confidentiality protections as a report that you would enter directly online.
Can anybody file a report?
Yes, but you are expected to act in "good faith" when making a report. This means that you are expected to provide information you know or suspect is true. Providing a report based on information you know is false can be hurtful to individuals who have not done anything wrong. Therefore, purposefully filing a false or malicious report can constitute grounds for disciplinary action. Also know that Villanova prohibits retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, makes a complaint, voices a concern or cooperates in an investigation.
Can my supervisor help me resolve my concerns?
Typically, the best place to raise a concern or ask a question is within your own college or department through supervisory or department channels.
There are many areas within the University that have identified a specific person to handle questions or reports about something you think may be wrong. Please refer to the University Compliance Directory for point persons with compliance responsibilities over diverse subject matter areas. You may access the University Compliance Directory here.
For more information on the Hotline, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which are found on EthicsPoint’s webpage for Villanova University.