A whistleblower is an employee who reports, in good faith, alleged improper governmental action to a "public official."
It also applies to any employee who is perceived to have made an allegation of improper governmental action (CWUP 2-40-230).
Reports of improper governmental action may be submitted anonymously to the Washington State Auditor:
P.O. Box 40021
Olympia, Washington 98504-0021
CWU administrators who are designated to receive reports of improper governmental action that invoke the Whistleblower Act are:
James Gaudino, President
Mail Stop: 7501, 509-963-2111
Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff
Schactler@cwu.edu Mail Stop: 7501, 509-963-2111
Joel Klucking, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs
Mail Stop: 7481, 509-963-2323
Katherine Frank, Provost and Vice President for Academic & Student Life
Mail Stop: 7503, 509-963-1401
Gene Shoda, Vice President for Operations
Mail Stop: 7405, 509-963-2223
Alan Smith, Assistant Attorney General
These individuals are obligated to confidentially maintain the identity of the whistleblower and to inform the Chief of Staff immediately who will notify the State Auditor’s Office of Whistleblower assertions within 15 days of receiving a complaint.
Confidentiality will be provided to the whistleblower and to any person who in good faith provides information in an investigation. Individuals involved in the investigation of a report made by a whistleblower may consent to disclose their identity. It is the responsibility of all university employees to fully cooperate during an investigation of a report of improper governmental action. Employees will not destroy evidence and will provide any requested and/or relevant information and documentation during the investigation.
Retaliation against a whistleblower or those who provide information during an investigation is prohibited by state law. Employees who feel they have been retaliated against may contact the Washington State Human Rights Commission at (toll free) 1-800-233-3247; TTY: 1-800-300-7525; or http://www.hum.wa.gov/ComplaintProcess/Index.html.
employees will be notified annually of the Whistleblower Act, including provisions and protections specific to CWU.
[Responsibility: President’s Office (until 7/6/16) BFA; Authority: Cabinet/PAC; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/PAC; Review/Effective Date: 03/07/2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]