Report Ethics Misconduct

Employees are always encouraged to initially discuss concerns with his or her supervisor.  However, if an issue cannot be resolved or an employee believes there are instances of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, conflicts of interest, lack of compliance or other violations of federal law, state law, contractual agreements or University policy, there are several avenues to report your concern.

Additionally, there are resources on campus to address other complaints:

Internal University Contacts for Reporting Misconduct Not Addressed by Campus

University Ethics Office

Michelle Taylor, University Ethics Officer:

Please complete the SIU Ethics Misconduct Reporting Form [pdf] and send to:

  • Email:
  • Mail: 
    University Ethics Officer
    900 S. Normal Ave., MC 6810
    Woody Hall, Rm. 491
    Carbondale, IL 62901
  • If you wish to remain anonymous you may contact the University Ethics Office via the Hotline:  844-597-6463.

The University has also designated a campus contact person to assist as needed. In addition, employees may also reach out to any of the campus contacts listed below.

SIU Carbondale  
Labor and Employee Relations
Anthony Hall Room 212
MC 4319
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 453-2474

SIU Edwardsville
Deb Talbot
Assistant Director of HR – Employment, Compensation and Classification
Rendleman Hall 3210
Campus Box 1040
Edwardsville, IL 62026
(618) 650-3642

SIU School of Medicine
Katherine Cohen
Executive Director of Compliance
201 East Madison
MC 9683
Springfield, IL 62794
(217) 545-8532

External Reporting Agency

Office of Executive Inspector General
69 West Washington, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(866) 814-1113 (Toll-free hotline)
(888) 261-2734 (TTY)
(312) 814-5479 (Fax)

Internal Investigation Procedures

Employees are responsible for reporting any suspected wrongdoing or fraudulent activity.  Reports can be made directly to the University Ethics Office or to the Office of Executive Inspector General (OEIG).

Once complaints are received by the University Ethics Office, a determination will be made, based on the nature of the allegations, to determine the most appropriate office to address the concern.  Additionally, complaints received by the University Ethics Office will be provided to the OEIG.

Any investigation conducted by the University Ethics Office will begin with the gathering of any needed documentation. Interviews will be conducted as needed.  A determination will be made as to whether there is sufficient evidence to support the allegations, and any necessary communication with campus administration will follow. 

The University Ethics Office takes all matters reported to our office seriously and reviews these concerns thoroughly.   The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430 20-95) specifically states that documents generated by an ethics officer are exempt from the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140). Therefore, it is rare for the results of an internal review to be shared.