Descriptions of Misconduct Codes
- Compliance with NCAA or Big Ten rules (including academic fraud, scholarship or financial aid misconduct, recruiting misconduct, gambling); concerns regarding medical treatment or health or safety of student-athletes; student-athlete eligibility issues. Intramural or recreational sports and summer camp safety issues are included.
- Conflicts of Interest
- The non-disclosure or inappropriate management of a potential or actual conflict of interest or commitment by a faculty or staff member; includes nepotism.
- Discrimination and Harassment
- Any act which violates the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy or state/federal civil rights laws, including discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, age, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, or disability; includes allegations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.
- Bias in decision making, non-fiscal employee misconduct, abuse of time or resources, wage/hour issues, substance abuse, employee benefits abuses, poor customer relations, inappropriate language or communications, or any other employee relations issues; includes violations of most policies in MSU’s Manual of Business Procedures.
- Fiscal Misconduct
- Accounting or internal control issues, fraud, theft of cash or property, falsification of records, tax issues, improper giving/receiving of gifts, improper supplier or contractor activity, waste of resources, or similar issues.
- Medical and HIPAA
- Any issue related to privacy rights guaranteed under federal or state laws that concern a patient’s medical records or personal health information (e.g., HIPAA). Any issue related to the quality of medical care provided to a patient at a University-affiliated clinic.
- Any other regulatory concern or issue that does not seem to fit any of the other categories.
- The improper disclosure of confidential data, accessing or using institutional data for improper purposes, failure to implement or maintain appropriate security protocols, or other violations of the Institutional Data Policy; includes FERPA violations.
- Any issue related to a research study, including inappropriate use or treatment of human or animal subjects, research grant misconduct, misappropriation of costs, research misconduct (plagiarism, fabrication, falsification), or other similar concerns.
- The adverse treatment of an individual in retaliation for filing a report or complaint alleging a violation of law, government regulation, or University policy.
- Any concern related to safety or environmental issues, unsafe working conditions, sanitation, disability access, building or facilities issues, construction sites, transportation issues, or other similar concerns. Youth/child safety is included.
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