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/