POLICY NUMBER: 8-21-0
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S.C. EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR REPORTS OF VIOLATIONS OF STATE OR FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION ACT, S.C. CODE ANN. §§8-27-10 TO 50
Trident Technical College is committed to providing all members of the college community, including students, faculty, staff, vendors and guests, with a safe and productive environment. If any member of the college community has reason to believe or reasonably suspect that the college or any of its agents is acting contrary to any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations, or contrary to any established college policy, that person should report such action or activity. The College will not tolerate retaliation by any employee against another employee who has made such a report.
Any college employee with reasonable suspicion of such illegal or improper activity should notify his/her immediate supervisor. If the complaint involves the immediate supervisor, the employee should contact his/her next higher level of supervisor and/or the Vice President over the employee's area. In lieu of or in addition to notification of supervisory personnel, any college employee with such a complaint should contact the college's Internal Auditor to register a complaint. If the employee had not chosen to report his/her concern directly to his/her immediate supervisor, that supervisor will be advised of the complaint by the Internal Auditor, after the Internal Auditor has advised the employee that such notification will be made.
Any college student with reasonable suspicion of such illegal or improper activity should notify his/her instructor or the Assistant Vice President for Student Services. If the complaint involves the Assistant Vice President for Student Services, the student should contact the Vice President for Student Services. In lieu of or in addition to notification of an Assistant Vice President for Student Services, any college student with such a complaint should contact the college's Internal Auditor to register a complaint.
Any vendor or guest of the college, or any other interested person with reasonable suspicion of such illegal or improper activity should notify the college's Internal Auditor to register a complaint.
After notification of alleged illegal or improper activity, the Internal Auditor will report to the President and Vice President of Finance and Administration who will direct or conduct an investigation and recommend appropriate action to the college President or Area Commission. The Internal Auditor will log all such allegations and they will be kept under seal in the Office of the Internal Auditor.
Retaliation is an intentional adverse personnel action taken by a supervisor or other authority against an employee or student because of a disclosure of alleged wrongful conduct. Such retaliation would be a serious violation of this college policy. Encouraging others to retaliate is also a violation of this policy. The College will take appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, against any employee who is determined by his or her supervisor to have retaliated, or encouraged retaliation, against another employee.
If an employee or student files a fraudulent or bad faith complaint pursuant to this policy, he/she will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.
The College will follow TTC 8-21-1 Whistleblower Procedure in processing information from employees or others who make reports protected by this policy.