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Division of Human Resources


Integrity Line

Providing a safe, respectful and ethical work environment is of utmost concern. If there is any breech of this standard, we have a resource in place that is administered by a third party and is completely anonymous. 

For campus emergencies including an immediate threat to your health or safety, please dial 911.

Talk To Your Supervisor First

It is important that you feel comfortable about speaking up. However, there is a constructive and appropriate way to express concerns and provide feedback. By following the appropriate processes and procedures, not only can you protect yourself, but you can be a catalyst for positive change.

The first step to addressing any concern or issue is to talk with your immediate supervisor. If talking with your supervisor is not a valid option, we encourage you to voice your concern to higher levels of authority as follows:

  • The head or chair of your department or division
  • The dean of your college or school
  • An appropriate member of the University administration
  • Departmental HR Representative
  • Employee Relations Office in the Division of Human Resources

Contacting USC Integrity Line

If talking with your supervisor or other administrator is not an option in dealing with a workplace concern, the USC Integrity Line is an anonymous reporting system, administered by an independent third-party provider, Lighthouse Services, Inc., to report your concerns about questionable or unethical behavior. 

To submit an Integrity Line Report:

The USC Integrity Line is available at any time of the day or night.

Reporting Violations of State and Federal Laws or Regulations (Whistleblower) Policy

In accordance with South Carolina State Law, the “Whistleblower” policy [pdf] defines your rights, responsibilities and protections as a University employee who reports any wrongdoing by the University or a University employee that results in substantial abuse, misuse, destruction, or loss of substantial public funds or public resources, or is an intentional violation of federal, state or local laws, University policies, or state ethics guidelines, which is not merely technical or of a minimum nature.