Loyola University Chicago is launching a new centralized and confidential 24/7 web/phone reporting system for students, faculty, and staff to report incidents that may involve misconduct; discriminatory actions; academic, financial, and/or regulatory compliance; or other violations of University policy. The new system is called “EthicsLine” Reporting Hotline, and it can be accessed online or by calling 855.603.6988.

The University is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct as we work to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. However, to fulfill this commitment, the University relies on each community member’s ethical behavior, honesty, integrity, and good judgment. Each community member should demonstrate respect for the rights of others. “EthicsLine” is just one more tool that allows the University to collect, manage, and learn from all the issues and events that pose risk to Loyola.

“The University is implementing this more centralized report management system in order to better respond to reports of misconduct, and the new reporting system also allows us to ascertain patterns of misconduct and make certain that claims are independently investigated and escalated to higher authorities when necessary,” says Thomas Kelly, senior VP for administrative services and chief human resource officer. “Our “EthicsLine,” which is hosted by an independent third-party provider, will replace our outdated reporting mechanism in policies and programs like the bias reporting system, the financial code of conduct, and others.”

Kelly also mentiones that “EthicsLine” will not replace, but complement, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution’s office reporting system, “Advocate,” for student conduct violations based on the student body’s community standards handbook.

How it Works
Reports submitted via the “EthicsLine” Reporting Hotline will be handled as promptly and discreetly as possible, with facts made available only to those administrators who need to investigate and resolve the matter. Loyola University Chicago is committed to safeguarding the confidentiality of individuals who submit reports and encourages reporting of misconduct by providing “whistleblower” protections for good-faith reporters. Anonymous reports will be accepted and investigators will use “EthicsLine” to enable confidential and anonymous follow up on these anonymous reports. However, due to the nature of certain claims, the University may be limited with respect to the actions it may be able to take in response to a report if the individual submitting the report does not wish to provide necessary follow up information.

Kelly also points out that in cases of emergency, where there is an imminent threat to safety, please remember to call the Department of Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or 9-1-1, and not the “EthicsLine.”

Taking advantage of the reporting options within “EthicsLine,” on a semi-annual basis, a summary report will be compiled regarding misconduct or violations of Loyola University Chicago policy and sent to Father Garanzini and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees, which oversees our efforts to foster a culture that promotes ethical conduct and compliance throughout the University.

Anyone wishing to file a report can do so via the “EthicsLine” website or by calling 855.603.6988.