S.C. EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR REPORTS OF VIOLATIONS OF STATE OR FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION ACT, S.C. CODE ANN. §§8-27-10 TO 60
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 the next higher level supervisor and/or the Vice President over the employee's area. Any college employee with such a complaint should also contact the College's Internal Auditor to register a complaint.
Any college student with reasonable suspicion of such illegal or improper activity should notify his/her instructor or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the complaint involves the Vice President for Academic Affiars, the student should contact the Vice President for Student Services. Any college student with such a complaint should also 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 the allegation to the President and Vice President for Finance and Administration. The President or the Vice President for Finance and Administration may direct the Internal Auditor to conduct an investigation and recommend appropriate action. 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.