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Whistleblower Compliance

Reporting Improper Governmental Activities

California Law allows states employees to report waste, fraud, violations of law, or health and safety threats.  At the CSU, employees and applicants may report an improper governmental activity by filing a complaint pursuant to Executive Order 929 to have the matter investigated.  A whistleblower is defined as a person who makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing.

A "protected disclosure" means any good faith communication that discloses information that may evidence (1) an improper government activity, or (2) any condition that may significantly threaten the health or safety of employees or the public if the disclosure or intent to disclose was made for the purpose of remedying that condition.

An "improper governmental activity" means any activity by a CSU department or employee that is (1) in violation of state or federal law or regulation or (2) economically wasteful, or involves gross misconduct, incompetency, or inefficiency. 

Executive Order 929 establishes the procedures for employees and applicants for employment at the CSU to make protected disclosures of improper governmental activities or significant threats to health and safety. 

To file a disclosure, CSUSM employees may contact the Office of Human Resources. Protected disclosures may also be made directly to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at the Chancellor’s Office, or they may contact the California Bureau of State Audits.

Retaliation for Whistleblowing

The Whistleblower Protection Act, as well as CSU policy, prohibits retaliation against any person who has reported an improper governmental activity or significant threat to health or safety. 

Under Executive Order 1058, employees, former employees, and applicants for employment who believe they have been retaliated against for being a whistleblower may file a complaint of retaliation with their manager or with the Office of Human Resources within twelve (12) months of the alleged act of retaliation.

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