Reporting Misconduct (Whistleblower)
Reporting misconduct (‘Whistleblowing’) may be defined as the external disclosure by an employee (the whistleblower) of illegal or immoral practices (suspected or otherwise) which are occurring within the employer’s area of responsibility and in which an important public interest is at stake to persons who may be able to take action against this.
Within the work organisation, it must be possible to safely discuss any misconduct. This is not only safer for the employee concerned, but also in the work organisation’s interest. In particular, the work organisation’s competent authority must take timely note of any suspected misconduct, so that it can take measures and, insofar as possible, make whistleblowing unnecessary.
The Maastricht University Regulations on Reporting Misconduct set forth the procedure which an employee must follow if the employee believes that there is misconduct (suspected or otherwise) at UM.
The Maastricht University Regulations on Reporting Misconduct is in compliance with the overarching UM Integrity Code of Conduct.