Update – January 8, 2019

on January 8, 2019 in Weekly Update

Good evening San Jacinto College Community –

As Chancellor of the San Jacinto Community College District, one of my key goals and ultimate responsibilities is to help create and foster the best possible work environment for everyone in our organization. I believe we should all have comfort in knowing we work in a safe, secure, and ethical workplace.  Therefore, I am pleased to announce that beginning February 18, 2019, we will have a new 24-hour-a-day phone and internet-based reporting system, EthicsPoint, which is managed independently by Navex Global.

EthicsPoint provides a new reporting mechanism and enhances existing College ethics programs. The new program assures that employees who have concerns about perceived ethics and compliance violations can express their concerns anonymously and have those concerns addressed by the appropriate College personnel.

EthicsPoint may be used to report many perceived illicit or undesirable activities such as fraud, waste, and non-compliance with regulatory requirements and/or College policies that address these matters.  However, EthicsPoint should not be used to report emergencies, crimes, or situations placing the caller or someone else in imminent danger. These activities should be reported immediately to the Campus Police Department by dialing 5555 on any campus phone connected to the College telephone system or from dialing an outside line: (281) 476-9128.

Along with the EthicsPoint system, the College is also rolling out ethics training in Cornerstone which will be required for all full-time College employees.  This training has been developed internally to address specific ethical dilemmas and questions that College employees may face in their day-to-day jobs. 

Every person, regardless of position, shares in the responsibility for promoting a positive work culture. I, along with the members of the Strategic Leadership Team, certainly hope you feel comfortable bringing forward potential ethical issues or concerns to your direct leader; however, the EthicsPoint reporting system provides an alternative channel for you to communicate your concerns confidentially and anonymously if you so choose.

While I hope and expect that few of us will ever need to utilize EthicsPoint, I am pleased that the College has a system in place that employees can use with full confidence that their concerns will be heard. 

Best,
BH

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