Institutional Policy and Compliance

Reporting Responsibilities

UW-Whitewater employees share a responsibility to create safe learning and work environments and a positive campus climate for our campus community members. To do so requires knowledge and understanding of certain federal and state compliance obligations, including reporting responsibilities, and information related to the appropriate campus resources to address safety concerns. This webpage provides necessary information regarding the following regulations, statutes, and policies:

The University of Wisconsin System is committed to encouraging an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or management in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.  

What is considered waste, fraud or abuse?

The following definitions are taken from the Office of Inspector General.

  • Waste. Waste is defined as the thoughtless or careless expenditure, mismanagement, or abuse of resources to the detriment (or potential detriment) of the U.S. government. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs resulting from inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.
  • Fraud. Fraud is defined as the wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. Fraud includes false representation of fact, making false statements, or by concealment of information.
  • Abuse. Abuse is defined as excessive or improper use of a thing, or to use something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use. Abuse can occur in financial or non-financial settings.

If you believe there may be an incident of waste, fraud, or abuse happening on our campus, you are encouraged to report it via one of the following options:

  1. Ethics Officer & Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Brenda Jones.
    Brenda can be reached by telephone at (262) 472-1922 or email at
  2. Chief Human Resources Officer Connie Putland.
    Connie can be reached by telephone at (262) 472-1024 or email at
  3. Navex Globals' Ethics Point.
    You can file an anonymous, online report using EthicsPoint, a comprehensive and confidential reporting tool created by Navex Global. Or, from an outside line, dial direct for your location (United States): 1-855-827-4950.
  4. Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB).
    You can choose to submit a secure form online via the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau's (LAB) Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline website. Also available is LAB's Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement Telephone Number Hotline, which can be contacted by dialing 1-877-FRAUD-17 or 1-877-372-8317.

Download a quick, printable 8.5" x 11" copy of our Waste, Fraud & Abuse Reporting poster.


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The information presented on this website is intended for informational purposes only and nothing on this website should be construed or relied upon as administrative or legal advice. If a question arises related to a specific situation, please contact 262-472-1772.  If legal advice is sought, please contact your immediate supervisor who will assist in determining whether the Office of General Counsel should be contacted for legal assistance or advice.