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This system has been designed to provide students, staff and members of the community with multiple means of reporting concerns regarding possible ethics violations. Every person has a responsibility to report facts giving rise to possible ethics violations to enable the college to conduct a prompt investigation and implement a timely and appropriate response.

Phone Number: (616) 234-3169

GRCC Ethics Statement

The personal integrity of each employee, coupled with GRCC’s institutional commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, is the foundation of GRCC’s culture.

The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Ethics Monitoring System has been designed to provide GRCC students, employees and members of the community with multiple means of reporting concerns regarding possible ethics violations. Every person has a responsibility to report facts giving rise to possible ethics violations so the college can conduct a prompt investigation and implement a timely and appropriate response.

This system has been designed to ensure that reporting ethics concerns can be done easily and with assurance of confidentiality to the extent allowable under the law and relevant GRCC policies.

Anyone who has reason to believe that an ethics violation has occurred should immediately report known facts in one of the ways listed on the back. When reporting a violation, it is important to include the following information to the extent you have this information available:

  • Explain the facts of the incident.
  • Provide the name of the alleged offender.
  • Give the date the incident occurred.

Provide a contact name, number, and e-mail to allow for confidential follow up. (Optional: If you choose to remain anonymous, please understand that GRCC’s ability to respond may be limited if we are unable to verify the facts through other sources.)

Investigation

  1. Once a complaint is received through one of the reporting options, the complaint will be placed in writing by the recipient (General Counsel, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, Executive Director of Human Resources, Director of Purchasing, Chief of Police, Director of Student Life and Conduct, or other college officials). Complaints will be investigated promptly by the appropriate authority, depending on the available facts.
    1. Investigations that involve possible criminal violations will be conducted by Campus Police, consistent with appropriate law enforcement investigatory procedures.
    2. Investigations involving purchasing violations will be conducted by the Purchasing Department, consistent with GRCC purchasing policies and procedures.
    3. Investigations involving student misconduct will be conducted by the Office of Student Life and Conduct consistent with the procedures set out in the Student Code of Conduct.
    4. Investigations that involve employee misconduct, including student employees, will be conducted by the Office of Human Resources consistent with the appropriate investigatory procedures detailed in:
      • GRCC Labor Agreements
      • GRCC Meet and Confer Employee Handbook
      • GRCC Policies
      • Human Resources Work Instructions
    5. Incidents involving unlawful discrimination or harassment will be conducted by the Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and/or Labor Relations and Equal Opportunity Generalist consistent with appropriate investigation procedures detailed in applicable GRCC Policies, GRCC Labor Agreements and the GRCC Meet and Confer Handbook.
  2. Investigations are conducted in as confidential a manner as possible.
  3. All disciplinary actions will be administered in coordination with Human Resources to ensure consistent and appropriate responses.
  4. Records of complaints are maintained by the appropriate department.

Response

  1. If an employee is found to have committed a breach of ethics, timely and appropriate corrective action will be taken consistent with the principles of due process and progressive discipline.
  2. If a student is found to have committed a breach of ethics, timely and appropriate corrective action will be taken consistent with the principles and procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Discipline that results from an ethics investigation will be kept confidential, unless disclosure is required by state or federal law.
  4. The college strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual for filing an ethics complaint or for participating in an ethics investigation. All allegations of retaliation will be swiftly and thoroughly investigated. If it is determined that retaliation occurred, the College will take all reasonable steps within its power to stop such conduct. Individuals who engage in retaliatory conduct are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or expulsion.

Related Policies

Grand Rapids Community College expects our community to comply with the following policies listed below:

  • Administrator Code of Ethics
  • Alliance of Professional Support Staff Code of Ethics Board of Trustees Member Code of Conduct
  • Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Non-discrimination on the Basis of Disability Policy Computer and Network Acceptable Use Agreement Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Harassment Policy Purchasing Policy
  • Sexual Misconduct Policy Student Code of Conduct
  • Title IV School Loan Code of Conduct

The full text of these policies can be found at grcc.edu/policies.

Ethics Violations

Specific examples of ethics violations include:

  • Bullying.
  • Unlawful discrimination.
  • Fraud.
  • Gross misrepresentation.
  • Intimidation.
  • Misuse of college resources.
  • Plagiarism.
  • Retaliation.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Use of college position or college resources for personal gain.
  • Actions that place the college at risk.

Reporting options

It is not necessary to provide a name when making a report. You may send a written statement of facts to the Office of the General Counsel – addressing the envelope to the Ethics Officer. If you prefer to make a report by phone, call:

  • The GRCC Ethics Hotline at (616) 234-3169.
  • Human Resources at (616) 234-3971.
  • Campus Police at (616) 234-4010.
  • The Labor Relations and Equal Opportunity Generalist at (616) 234-3134.
  • Office of Student Life and Conduct at (616) 234-4161.

For Purchasing Policy violations, report the incident to the Purchasing Department at (616) 234-3850.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person.

It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law.

GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.

The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation.

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