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Reporting & Investigation of Alleged Improper Conduct


To further its mission of producing, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities, Western University of Health Sciences is committed to the principle that all of its affairs be conducted in compliance with applicable laws and the University’s own policies. Employees and other individuals representing the University are expected at all times to act in conformity with this principle.

It is University policy to receive, evaluate and, where the information provided reasonably permits, investigate any allegation that an individual affiliated with the University has engaged in Improper Conduct as defined in the policy. The University encourages individuals, acting in good faith, to report suspected Improper Conduct to the University.

Conduct Covered by the Policy

Improper Conduct is defined as any action or activity by an employee that is undertaken in the performance of the employee’s official duties or with the appearance or representation that it is undertaken in the performance of official duties, whether or not the action or activity is within the scope of his or her employment, and that is:

Compliance Officer

The Compliance Officer has oversight responsibility for investigations of suspected Improper Conduct, and reports directly to Board of Trustees and the senior administrative officials of the University. The Board of Trustees has designated the University’s General Counsel to serve as the Compliance Officer:

Keith A. Johnson
Compliance Officer
Western University of Health Sciences
P.O. Box 1854
Pomona, California 91769-1854

Telephone: (909) 469-5465
Facsimile: (909) 498-8331
Email: compliance@westernu.edu

Reporting Suspected Improper Conduct

Any person may report suspected Improper Conduct as follows:

The University encourages that reports be made in writing so that there is a clear understanding of the issues raised. However, oral reports may be made. Reports should focus on facts and avoid speculation or the drawing of conclusions. Reports should include as much specific information as possible.

The act of submitting a report of suspected Improper Conduct is a representation to the University that the report is made in good faith. Any individual who makes a report in bad faith, or who has reason to know that the claim is false or materially inaccurate, may be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

A report of suspected Improper Conduct should be made as soon as possible and, in all events, no later than one (1) year from the event(s) giving rise to the allegation, unless there is good cause for the delay.


The University endeavors, to the extent possible, and within the limitations of law and policy, and the need to conduct a competent investigation, to maintain confidentiality. However, all persons making a report should understand that it is possible that their identity may become apparent during the course of the University’s investigation. If a person making a report self-discloses their identity, the University is no longer obligated to maintain confidentiality of that person’s identity.

Protection Against Retaliation

The University prohibits any retaliation against an individual who, in good faith, reports suspected Improper Conduct in any manner with the intent of adversely affecting the terms or conditions of employment of that individual.

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of Persons Who Report Suspected Improper Conduct

An individual who reports suspected Improper Conduct to the University: