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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 Third Parties may report an improper governmental activity by filing a complaint pursuant to Executive Order 1115 (EO 1115, which supersedes EO 929) to have the matter investigated. 

Executive Order 1115 establishes the complaint procedures for Employees and Third Parties to make protected disclosures of improper governmental activities and/or significant threats to health or safety. 

A "whistleblower" is defined as an Employee or Third Party who uses the established procedure of the CSU as set forth in this EO to make a Complaint.

A "protected disclosure" means a good faith communication, including a communication based on, or when carrying out, job duties that discloses or demonstrates an intention to disclose information that may evidence (1) an Improper Governmental Activity, or (2) a condition that may significantly threaten the health or safety of Employees or the public if the disclosure or intention 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) is in violation of any state or federal law or regulation, including, but not limited to, corruption, malfeasance, bribery, theft of government property, fraudulent claims, fraud, coercion, conversion, malicious prosecution, misuse of government property, or willful omission to perform duty, or (2) is economically wasteful, or involves gross misconduct, incompetence, or inefficiency.

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 you may contact the California State Auditor.

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. 

Executive Order 1116 (EO 1116, which supersedes EO 1058), establishes the complaint procedure for allegations of retaliation for having made a protected disclosure under the California Whistleblower Protection Act.

Under EO 1116 employees, former employees, and applicants for CSU employment who believe they have been retaliated against for making a protected disclosure may file a complaint of retaliation within twelve (12) months of the most recent alleged actual or attempted retaliatory act.

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