Reporting and Investigating

The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/5-10) requires annual ethics training for all system employees.Completion is tracked and disciplinary action is taken against those who fail to comply with the requirement. This not only confirms the importance both the State and the system place on ethical conduct, but it also ensures employees are aware of key ethics rules and how to report suspected violations.

If someone has information about a suspected violation, the system has established procedures for reporting, including confidential reporting via the Ethics Line. An initial review is conducted and if an investigation is warranted, University Ethics and Compliance Office staff conduct and/or coordinate the investigation with other system staff who are independent of the concern. If the circumstances warrant, outside counsel may be engaged to conduct the investigation.