Prohibition Against Retaliation

As you are aware, Yale University is committed to operating with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies and ethical obligations. The University does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report compliance concerns in good faith. Yale depends upon you, the members of our community, to speak up if you believe that you have observed unethical, illegal or suspicious behavior.  You may do so by making a report to the University’s Hotline (see below).

The Federal Government recently adopted a statute that supplements Yale’s protections.  Specifically, effective July 1, 2013 through January 1, 2017, the Federal government enhances and expands legal protections for employees against reprisals for whistleblowing activities related to federal grants and contracts.  The statute applies to all employees working for grantees, subgrantees, contractors and subcontractors on federal awards and states that an “employee…may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for whistleblowing.” 

Whistleblowing is defined under the statute as making a disclosure that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of any of the following:

  • Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant;
  • A gross waste of federal funds;
  • An abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant;
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
  • A violation of law, rule or regulation related to a federal contract or grant (including the competition for, or negotiation of, a contract or grant).

The statute protects employees who disclose to any of the following:

  • University Auditing
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of Research Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Controller
  • Any other management official or Yale employee of the contractor, subcontractor, grantee, or subgrantee who has the responsibility to investigate, discover, or address misconduct.
  • Any government office or entity specified in the statute (see [link])

The University does not tolerate retaliation against employees who in good faith report potential violations or non-compliance (please see Yale’s Standards of Business Conduct).  You may make an anonymous report by phone to the University Hotline at 877-360-YALE or online through the link located at:  In addition, the Pilot Program provides that complaints of retaliation may be made to the Inspector General of the agency involved.