CUNY Reporting Policy Reflects Need to Alert States of Possible Wrongdoing

In January 2020, City University of New York (CUNY), of which Hunter College is part, implemented a new procedure to ensure it reports allegations of violations of law and certain regulations as required to New York’s inspector general (IG).[1]

The state-specific protocol may prove helpful to other institutions juggling similar reporting responsibilities while complying with federal requirements to inform U.S. IGs, awarding agencies and other sponsors of potential wrongdoing.

CUNY’s policy, which replaces one in place since at least 2013, is among the actions it implemented in the last six years in response to misspending by a former psychology professor and lack of oversight by CUNY and Hunter College.[2]

Interestingly, the new policy states that the “reporting employee” should not share concerns with higher-ups. Unlike the earlier version, it assigns specific responsibilities to certain officials and sets deadlines for their actions.

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