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A University of Massachusetts Lowell Compliance Hotline has been established at 978-934-3100 to provide a means to anonymously report potential compliance violations or suspected wrongdoing.
Examples of UMass Lowell activities and operations in which non-compliance may occur include activities such as:
The hotline is not intended to handle employee grievances such as work conditions, performance evaluations, hours of work, wages, raises, etc. The hotline has been established for complaints related only to non-compliance with policies and procedures governing research activities and the Federal and state legal requirements for these research activities.
Calls to the hotline are anonymous. Calls go to an on-campus phone extension (978-934-3100) that records the call with no identifying information, unless the caller chooses to leave information to identify him/herself. The Director of Institutional Compliance retrieves the recorded messages and responds accordingly.
Employees who call the hotline will not be retaliated against. If an employee perceives that they are being retaliated against after making a call to the hotline, the employee is referred to the appropriate office to file an administrative grievance procedure.
The Director of Institutional Compliance maintains an electronic log of all hotline telephone calls, which is password protected. The log is kept confidential.
The Director of Institutional Compliance will consult with the UMass Lowell Compliance Committee to determine the appropriate response to the complaint and investigate accordingly.