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The policy is designed to deal with concerns raised in relation to the specific issues which are in the public interest and are detailed in paragraph 3 below, and which fall outside the scope of other University policies and procedures. The policy will not apply to personal grievances concerning an individual's terms and conditions of employment, or other aspects of the working relationship, complaints of bullying or harassment, or disciplinary matters. Such complaints will be dealt with under existing procedures on grievance, bullying and harassment, discipline and misconduct in research. Details of these procedures will be found in the relevant staff handbook and/or in Statute C. They are also published on the web.

 

The policy may deal with specific concerns which are in the public interest and may include:

  • a criminal offence
  • failure to comply with legal obligations or with the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University
  • financial or non-financial maladministration or malpractice or impropriety or fraud
  • academic or professional malpractice
  • a risk to the health or safety of any individual
  • environmental damage
  • a miscarriage of justice
  • improper conduct or unethical behaviour
  • attempts to suppress or conceal any information relating to any of the above.

If in the course of investigation any concern raised in relation to the above matters appears to the investigator to relate more appropriately to grievance, bullying or harassment, or discipline, those procedures will be invoked.