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Office of Internal Audit

Office of Internal Audit

Ethics Hotline

Reporting Via The Hotline

Columbus State University is committed to providing an ethical, efficient, and effective work environment. Such an environment helps CSU achieve its long term mission. The responsibility for protecting University System of Georgia resources lie with every member of the CSU community. Reporting issues that may jeopardize this productive work environment is important to the overall success of the Columbus State University mission.

Columbus State University encourages reporting issues through the supervisory chain as this continues to be a very effective method. Reporting options such as University Police, Human Resources, and Internal Audit have been and continue to be readily available.

Hotline reporting is also available through the Columbus State University Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline, a confidential, independent service provided by a third-party vendor. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and allows you to voice your concerns, while remaining anonymous, if you prefer.

This page offers a summary of the types of things you may choose to report, as well as well as information on how to report through the Hotline. The Hotline can also be used to offer comments and feedback about areas which can be streamlines and made more efficient and effective. All reports are confidential and handled in a professional and prompt manner.

What to Report:

Examples of concerns that may be reported to The Network include:

Financial Matters- accounting or internal control issues, fraud, theft, or other financial issues

Safety- vandalism, unsafe working conditions, environmental issues or other safety matters

Research- all issues dealing with research programs and funding

Academic- misrepresentation of credentials, academic dishonesty, or other academic violations

Human Resources- confidentiality, data privacy, copyright violations, or other waste or abuse of resources or information

Athletics- all issues dealing with athletic department or programs

Information Systems- activities related to hacking, password sharing, unauthorized access to systems or networks, software copyright violations

Stimulus Act Abuse- mismanagement, misuse and/or waste of funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (including abuse of authority, unfair competition practices, health and safety risks and retaliation against whistleblowers)

How to Report

If you see or suspect unethical or illegal behavior, you may report your concerns anonymously by contacting:

Call toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: