Blow the whistle on impropriety
At LiU, there is zero tolerance for impropriety and crime. If you suspect, observe or obtain information about anything that has been done or is in progress against LiU – raise the alarm immediately. Blow the whistle on impropriety!
Procedures for whistleblowing have been in place at LiU for several years. Whistleblowing is the term used to describe reporting serious irregularities that have been discovered in the workplace, leading to investigation and mitigation.
“Co-workers have a duty to report irregularities at the workplace. And as employer, LiU has a duty to deal with such cases in a safe and secure manner. My experience is that we manage these matters in this way at LiU”, says Pia Rundgren, director of human resources.
Impropriety describes actions, carried out by one or several employees, that can cause significant loss or damage for the university. The chief legal adviser is the correct recipient of reports of this type of impropriety. A crime is an action described in the Swedish Criminal Code, such as theft or criminal damage, carried out by a student, an unknown person or an external person. The chief security officer is the correct recipient of reports of this type of action.
“If you want to report something, you should primarily contact your immediate manager. It is also possible, however, to contact LiU’s designated contacts directly, if this is more appropriate. You may make a report anonymously, or include your identity. If you want to be anonymous, you can, for example, make a report by phone or by email from an address that does not identify you. Give details of what you suspect and what you know”, says Christina Helmér, LiU’s chief legal adviser.
If you witness an ongoing crime, you should always call 112. This is not a situation for making a report to LiU’s internal organisation.
After a report of impropriety has been received, a person is designated to investigate it thoroughly and promptly together with an investigation team. In the case of suspected crime, the investigation will determine whether a report should be made to the police or not. An investigation may concern an individual employee, or it may look at university operations. It may, for example, consider whether procedures and processes need to be improved or subjected to quality assurance.
A review of the reports of impropriety and crime made during the past three years at LiU shows that an average of around three reports are filed each year.
“It’s unusual for a report that has been filed to be closed without an investigation. In an isolated case it may be that the reported event is not subject to the regulations relating to impropriety, or maybe it concerns operations that are not conducted by LiU. The information in such cases is handled differently. Another situation that can arise is that an anonymous report is so tenuous that it’s not possible to identify who the report is referring to”, says Christina Helmér.
More detailed information
Read more about the whistleblower procedures at LiU (including details of what they do not cover)
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2021-03-31