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Whistleblower Complaints

Purpose

The California Whistleblower Protection Act (Calif. Govt. Code §8547.1) authorizes the California State Auditor to receive complaints from state employees and members of the public who wish to report an improper governmental activity. An "improper governmental activity" is defined as any action that violates the law, is economically wasteful, or involves gross misconduct, incompetency, or inefficiency.

The CSU Chancellor, through CSU Executive Order 929, “Reporting Procedures for Protected Disclosure of Improper Governmental Activities and/or Significant Threats to Health or Safety,” details how Whistleblower Complaints are to be handled within the CSU system. As a result, the University President has appointed Gene Wohlgezogen, Public Records and Audit Liaison, as the University's Whistleblower contact.

Alternative Resources for Complaint Resolution

The Office of Equity and Diversity reviews and investigates allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct as it relates to protected status at CSULB. Protected statuses include: Age, Disability, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Veteran or Military Status. Equity and Diversity also handles accommodations for employees, including student workers, at the University, provides trainings to campus constituents, and manages related Federal and State legal compliance requirements for students, employees, and University third parties.

The Office of University Ombuds has been designated as a resource for informal problem resolution on the campus. Employees who are considering filing a whistleblower complaint are encouraged to seek guidance from the University Ombuds regarding options available as well as information on the formal filing process.

Information regarding Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints can be found on the California State University Whistleblower and Retaliation webpage.

Types of Whistleblower Activity

  • Improper acts by a state employee
  • Theft, fraud, or conflicts of interest by state employees
  • Misuse or abuse, or anything that's wasteful of state property or employee time
  • Gross misconduct, incompetence, or inefficiency by state employees

Whistleblower Complaint Instructions

CSU employees and qualified applicants for employment must submit their complaint in writing, preferably on the campus form for Allegation of Improper Governmental Activities . Alternatively, the complainant may use any format that conforms to the requirements of this section, but the disclosure must include the following information:

  1. The name and mailing address of the complainant, the complainant's working title, or the position applied for if the complainant was an applicant for employment.
  2. A detailed description of the specific actions that constituted the alleged improper governmental activity or condition that may significantly threaten the health and safety of employees or the public, including the names(s) and title(s) of the CSU employee(s) or official(s) allegedly engaged in the improper governmental activity or responsible for the health and safety condition.
  3. The date(s) the alleged improper activities occurred or the condition developed.
  4. Other potential witnesses to the alleged improper activities or condition.
  5. Any documentation that supports the allegations of improper activities or of a threatening condition.
  6. Descriptions of documents that support the allegations of improper activities or of a threatening condition, if the actual documents are not in the possession of the complainant.
  7. The protected disclosure must be signed, dated, and contain a sworn statement under penalty of perjury that its contents are believed to be true.

Download the Allegation of Improper Governmental Activities Form

How do I File a Whistleblower Complaint?

An employee or applicant for employment may make a complaint to any of the three following entities:

Gene Wohlgezogen, Public Records and Audit Liaison
Office of Public Records and Audit
California State University, Long Beach
Office of Public Records and Audit
1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH-370
Long Beach, CA 90840-5702
Phone: (562) 985-4862

Liz Hanson, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Systemwide Human Resources
CSU Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA
(562) 951-4641

Investigations
California State Auditor
P.O. Box 1019
Sacramento, CA 95812
Fax: (916) 322-2603
Whistleblower Hotline: (800) 952-5665
California State Auditor does not accept complaints by email, but you may file a complaint online.

All Whistleblower Complaints must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the event, giving rise to the complaint, or no later than thirty (30) days after the employee or applicant for employment knew or reasonably should have known of the event.

Your Legal Protection from Retaliation

California Government Code §8547–8547.15 ensures protected disclosure for all Whistleblowers. The State law:

  • Protects your identity (except from law enforcement).
  • Helps guard against intimidation, threats, or coercion by state employees that could interfere with your right to disclose improper government activities.
  • Helps keep you safe from reprisal, retaliation, threats, or coercion for reporting such information.

Additional information regarding Whistleblower Protections can also be found at the Office of Public Records and Audit website.

Revised 02/2018