Report corrupt practice

Corruption Prevention Analyst David Fenwick (left), and Manager Planning and Review Unit Barry Munns, who wrote the new brochure on corruption

The Planning and Review Unit has distributed an anti-corruption brochure to UTS staff that explains how to make a "protected disclosure".

Called Reporting Corruption – Protection for Staff, the pamphlet explores an important and fascinating area.

Although it is generally considered suspect to ‘dob in a mate', there are important issues involved in making UTS a model of integrity, fairness, respect and efficiency.

The pamphlet explains the three categories of improper activities – corruption, maladministration and serious waste – and gives examples.

Corruption could be unauthorised use of University facilities and time to operate a private business; misappropriating cash; using technological resources such as the Internet for personal projects; falsifying data or forging official documents; accepting inducements to mark a student's work favourably; misapplying grant money; and claiming false expenses.

Examples of maladministration are serious delay in acting on a harassment complaint; falsely certifying claim vouchers; or failing to properly consider a student's appeal about a grade.

Serious waste includes buying expensive equipment that is never used; and incurring major cost blow outs on a contract through poor specifications or bad management.

"An effective system for reporting things that are genuinely amiss is an essential part of a healthy workplace," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Blake.

For copies of the brochure phone 9514 3121 or visit http://www.uts.edu.au/

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