Penn’s Confidential Reporting and Help Line: BEN Tips
The University and the Health System are committed to appropriate stewardship of its assets and to ethical behavior that ensure continued growth and excellence. All members of the Penn community must not tolerate fraudulent acts and must support compliance with applicable University policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations. In support of these commitments the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy (OACP) has available the Confidential Reporting and Help Line, commonly referred to as “BEN-Tips” (1-888-BEN-Tips). This resource is available to all faculty, staff, and students for assistance with questions relating to policies, procedures, rules, regulations or to report a suspected incident of non-compliance.
Since Penn’s voluntary adoption of the ethical and financial management principles of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the community is further encouraged to take advantage of the BEN-Tips line. Each member has a responsibility to report known or suspected fraudulent activity including those related to accounting or auditing matters.
All calls made to BEN-Tips are treated confidentially. Callers are not required to give their name and therefore, can report an incident anonymously. Should an individual give their name, the call will nevertheless be handled as a confidential matter unless otherwise legally required. Penn policy prohibits taking retaliatory action against anyone for reporting or inquiring about potential breaches of policy or for seeking guidance on how to handle suspected breaches. Investigations are performed on a confidential basis and may be coordinated with the Office of General Counsel, Division of Human Resources, Division of Public Safety, and other offices, as appropriate.
While the Office of Institutional Compliance (OIC), responsible for the Confidential Reporting and Help Line within OACP, promotes the use of the BEN-Tips line, mitigating risk is a community effort. If members of the University and Health System communities have concerns, these should be brought to the attention of OIC. Even if not all issues brought to OIC are necessarily violations of stewardship, they may present an opportunity to further educational programs, guidelines, and best practices.
–Alice A. Tangredi-Hannon, Institutional Compliance Officer,
Office of Institutional Compliance,
Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 10, November 1, 2005
November 1, 2005
Volume 52 Number 10