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Whistleblower Policy

Owner: Finance and Administration

URL: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/Whistleblower Policy

Teachers College strives to operate ethically and lawfully and expects all faculty, trustees, administrators, staff, students, volunteers and visitors (collectively, the “College Community”) to conduct their activities in accordance with College policies and applicable law. The College encourages and expects all members of the College Community to report suspected misconduct within the College through supervisors or other established channels. No member of the College Community may interfere with the good faith reporting of apparent or suspected misconduct or intimidate or retaliate against any member of the College community who makes such a report in good faith.

No individual who in good faith reports any action or suspected action taken by or within the College that is illegal, fraudulent or in violation of any College or cooperates in good faith with a College investigation of such a report shall be subject to retaliation, including harassment, intimidation, discrimination or any other adverse employment, academic or educational consequence, as a result of making a report or cooperating with the College investigation.  Teachers College will take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to address violations of this policy.

The College provides both informal and formal procedures for addressing concerns.   Anyone who witnesses or is the victim of a crime or who is concerned about a health or safety emergency should contact the Office of Public Safety immediately.  

Emergency: (212) 678-3000.

Non-emergency:   (212) 678-3220. 


For other concerns, see www.tc.edu/policylibrary/grievance_procedures.

The College operates a website and 800 number that permit the anonymous reporting of concerns about financial matters (including accounting, donor stewardship, conflict of interest, ethics, and grant-related misconduct) and health and safety issues.  To make a report, contact EthicsPoint at:

888-329-6420 or



While other College reporting options are generally not anonymous, the College strives to handle all concerns with sensitivity and to limit disclosure to the extent consistent with the need to investigate and resolve the matters raised.


This Policy shall be distributed to all Trustees, officers, faculty, staff and volunteers and made generally available to the College Community.


Responsible Office:   Vice President for Finance and Administration

Last updated:   July 2014