The Compliance Line, a confidential hotline to report unethical behavior, will be re-launching in November. The new version will allow for more reports to be filed and easier access to the line through internet and phone.
Although the line is related to UNC, it is facilitated through EthicsPoint, a third party that provides the confidentiality that many reporters seek. Universities and companies across America use systems like EthicsPoint, so unethical behavior can be anonymously reported with ease. The company claims that unethical conduct hurts more than the organization and ensures that anonymity is guarded unless required by law.
Professor Kim Strom-Gottfried is the Director of the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management, and runs the UNC-side of the hotline. Her research focuses on moral courage, and she said one of the reasons people don't do the right thing is because of fear.
“It’s really important to have a place for people who do fear retaliation for speaking truth to power, and it helps us (the University) to deal with it," Strom-Gottfried said.
Chancellor Carol Folt created Strom-Gottfried’s group for ethics and integrity two years ago, in part to revamp and expand the hotline, which has been in place since 2005. Strom-Gottfried presented on the hotline at the Faculty Council meeting on Friday, Oct. 13. She has been promoting the service throughout the University.