Northeastern University strives to operate in an ethical, honest, and lawful manner and expects its faculty, administrators, staff and students to conduct their activities in accordance with University policies and applicable law.

The University strongly encourages all faculty, administrators, staff and students to report suspected or actual wrongful conduct through channels that the University establishes for such reporting. No University faculty, administrator, staff or student may interfere with the good faith reporting of suspected or actual wrongful conduct; no individual who makes such a good faith report shall be subject to retaliation, including harassment or any adverse employment, academic or educational consequence, as a result of making a report. The University will take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to address a violation of this policy.

For questions about this policy or for information about established channels for reporting wrongful conduct and/or compliance concerns, including anonymous reporting, please contact the Internal Audit Department or the Office of the General Counsel.

University Compliance Hotline

Northeastern University uses an independent third party company, EthicsPoint, to provide an anonymous and confidential reporting line for all members of the University community. For more information or to make a report, click here.

Occupational Safety and Environmental Concerns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of twenty-one whistleblower statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws. Rights afforded by these whistleblower acts include, but are not limited to, worker participation in safety and health activities, reporting a work related injury, illness or fatality, or reporting a violation of the statutes.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees for exercising their rights under the OSH Act. These rights include filing an OSHA complaint, participating in an inspection or talking to an inspector, seeking access to employer exposure and injury records, and raising a safety or health complaint with the employer. If workers have been retaliated or discriminated against for exercising their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged adverse action.

Since passage of the OSH Act in 1970, Congress has expanded OSHA’s whistleblower authority to protect workers from discrimination under twenty-one federal laws. Complaints must be reported to OSHA within set time frames following the discriminatory action, as prescribed by each law.

These applicable laws, and the number of days employees have to file a complaint, are:

•   Employee Safety

•   Transportation Services

•   Environmental Protection