Ethical Panther Line: Convercent
- What is the Ethical Panther line at Florida International University?
- Why does the University need an Ethics and Compliance Hotline?
- What is Convercent?
- What kinds of concerns should I report?
- If I were to see a violation, why can’t I just report it to my supervisor or Human Resources department and let them deal with it?
- Can I make a report of known or suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect to the Ethical Panther line?
- How do I access Convercent?
- Where does my report go? Who at the University sees my report?
- What happens when I decide to call the toll-free number?
- What if I should remember something important after I have filed a report?
- What if the University were to need additional information to look into my compliance concern?
- Does Convercent replace existing mechanisms at Florida International University to raise compliance related questions or concerns?
- What are my responsibilities in making a report or in an investigation?
- What are my other reporting options?
- Are anonymity and confidentiality guaranteed?
- How long will the investigation take?
You may have initial knowledge of an activity that may be cause for concern. You do not need to know the exact law or requirement, or be certain a violation has occurred or will occur. If you suspect something may be wrong, the best course of action is always to report it. Your reporting can minimize the potential negative impact on the University and its employees. Examples of some of the concerns you would report include: theft; wage or hour abuses; conflict of interest; misuse of University property or equipment; misuse of data; identity theft; disregard for safety rules; environmental abuse concerns; NCAA violations; and intentional misuse of the University’s network or computers.
Although you may also report instances of discrimination or sexual harassment using the Ethical Panther line, it is usually preferable that these be reported through a supervisor, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity or the Division of Human Resources directly. It is often very difficult to investigate these types of concerns when the person who makes the complaint wishes to remain anonymous.
Please remember that this service is not to be used in case of emergencies. If an emergency, dial 911. If you are on the Modesto Maidique Campus or Biscayne Bay Campus, you should dial Public Safety at 305-348-5911 or 305-348-2626 in the event of an emergency.
Yes, however that is not the best approach. IF THE CHILD IS IN IMMINENT DANGER, please call 911 or the University Police Department EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: 24 Hours – 7 Days a Week; MMC: (305) 348-5911 BBC: (305) 919-5911 or MMC (305) 348-2626 or BBC & EC (305) 919-5559.
In all other instances, if you suspect that a child is being abused, abandoned or neglected, contact the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) at 1-800-962-2873 to make a report.
Many areas of the University have also identified a specific person to handle questions or reports about something you think may be wrong. You may also be able to raise your concerns with specific University offices established to handle certain types of issues. Please refer to the University Compliance Directory for point persons with compliance responsibilities over diverse subject matter areas. Please make sure to access the University Compliance Directory.
However, you should ensure that the body of the report does not reveal your identity by accident, for example, “from my desk next to John Murray…” or “In my 7 years, 3 months and 4 days with this department…” If you are the only individual who could possibly know the reported facts, there may be an unintended disclosure of your identity. The University will honor and protect your request for confidentiality to the extent possible as it fulfills its obligations in responding to the report.
Please note that Florida International University is subject to the State of Florida public records law. While we can protect any documents or identifying information you have provided while the investigation is ongoing, once the investigation closes, we may need to turn over certain documents or identifying information in response to a public records request. Both Florida International University, as well as Convercent, will protect the confidentiality of the information we receive from you to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.