Dr. Tresmaine Grimes
Phone: (914) 633-2206
McSpedon Hall, 1st Floor
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
The Whistleblower hotline is a service offered by Iona College, which allows our employees to report serious violations or infractions and remain anonymous. Whether making a report openly or anonymously, employees are protected from retaliation, harassment, reprisals or victimization for whistle blowing in good faith. Below are answers to questions you may have about this service:
Who is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about misconduct occurring in an organization. Such misconduct may be a violation of law, rule or regulation, the act of fraud, health and safety violations, or corruption.1
What is Lighthouse?
Since 1998, Lighthouse Services has been providing confidential, 24-hour reporting services, enabling companies of all sizes to maintain an ethical workplace and address fraud, abuse, regulatory violations and other inappropriate behavior.
By delivering industry best practices while pioneering affordable solutions, Lighthouse has been established as one of the most successful hotline providers in the industry, servicing more than 1,000 clients.1
Why should I use the Lighthouse Hotline?
A key component of the hotline is to provide a method for reports to be made confidentially and anonymously using a third party.1
Who can file a report?
Iona College's policy on whistle blowing allows for all employees including full time, part time, and temporary to use the hotline service.2
Will my identity remain anonymous?
Yes. Your anonymity will be protected to the extent possible by the law and Lighthouse will never divulge your identity to your employer without your permission.1
What types of things should be reported using the hotline?
Examples of serious issues that might be reported include (but are not limited to): Falsification of Contracts, Reports or Records; Harassment and Discrimination; Theft and Embezzlement; Unsafe Working Conditions; Violations of College Policy; and Violations of the Law.2
Can I include documentation?
Yes. Reports sent by email, web or fax allow for this option.1
Can I include my contact information?
Yes. You are encouraged (but not obligated) to provide Lighthouse with your contact information so Lighthouse can contact you on our behalf if additional information is needed.1
How do I file a report?
Reports to the whistle blower hotline can be made in the following ways:
How do I get a status update on my report?
If you have questions about the status of your report, please contact the hotline toll-free phone number and provide your report number. 1
Do I have an obligation to make a report?
Consistent with our Mission, and as a community of ethical decision makers, it is of the utmost importance that improprieties are reported so that corrective action can be taken. The Whistleblower hotline offers Iona employees the ability to do this anonymously.2
I am afraid of retaliation, how do I know I will not be fired for making a report?
The Whistleblower policy aims to provide an avenue for employees to raise concerns anonymously and reassurance that they will be protected from retaliation, harassment, reprisals or victimization for whistle blowing in good faith.2
Where can I get more information on Iona’s policy for Whistle blowing?
Additional information is available on the Iona website at http://www.iona.edu/ombuds/policies/whistleBlower.cfm.2
1 - Source: Lighthouse Services
2 - Source: Iona College