Inspector General Investigations, September 2007

 September 2007 / Issue 1


University employees are required to participate in Inspector General Investigations. 

Take time to learn about the resources available to assist you. Call the University Ethics Office on the Toll-free Ethics Help Line at 866-758-2146.


2007 Annual Ethics Training - Online Window

The Inspector General's 2007 online program will be available from October 16th through November 14th

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Request copies of the fifth edition of our Handbook for Good Ethical Practice available now!

University Ethics Office:
Ethics Help Line: 866-758-2146

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Inspector General Investigations

What the training didn't tell you

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At some point in your career, you may be asked to participate in or may be the subject of an investigation by the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (Inspector General). The office title, in addition to the term "investigation," may seem a bit intimidating; however, the more you know, the better prepared you will be. The Inspector General sets the standards and determines the hours and frequency of the employee training you take each fall. That program explains the Inspector General's authority to conduct investigations into potential violations of the law. This edition of the ETHICS MATTERS newsletter will delve into the things you can expect if you are contacted to participate in an investigation, the requirements of the law, what you can do and request, and the resources available to assist you in this process.

Your Obligation: Cooperate

  • Answer all questions concisely and factually.
  • Do not infer, presume, or suppose - you are not expected to know everything.

What to Expect: Interacting with an Investigator

  • Questions will be pointed and directed.Person interacting with an investigator
  • You will be provided with little explanation regarding the investigation, a timeline, and your involvement in the process.
  • The investigator will emphasize the importance of confidentiality due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

What you can do when you are Contacted

  • Ask whether you are the subject of the investigation or a witness.
  • Request permission to have another person attend the meeting with you, such as a union representative, a personal attorney, a friend, or a co-worker.
  • Send a written request to the Inspector General after 90 days to determine whether the case has been closed (this request can only be made if you are the subject of the investigation).

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Your Resource

While we are not permitted to discuss the details of your interview, the Ethics Office can assist you throughout your involvement with the Inspector General in regard to further explaining the law and the investigative process. You can contact us toll-free at: 866-758-2146.

Handling Document Requests:You are required by law to cooperate with the Inspector General in any investigation, which includes providing documents and materials requested of you by an investigator. The University Ethics Office is available as a resource to ensure the University's compliance with state and federal privacy requirements (e.g., HIPPA, FERPA).

Arranging a Discrete Meeting Location: You may ask the Inspector General investigator to arrange for a private meeting space away from your unit to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of the investigation.