CLAC Whistleblower Policy

The Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) requires its Board members and contract employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. We not only comply with this requirement. We report violations or suspected violations in accordance with the Whistleblower Policy you can read here.

No Retaliation

No Board member or contract employee who in good faith reports a violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse consequence. A Board member or contract employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of Board membership or service contract and civil procedures. This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable members and associates of the organization to raise serious concerns within the organization prior to seeing resolution outside the organization.

Reporting Violations

Individuals associated with the organization who have serious questions, concerns, or complaints should contact the CLAC Board Chair. If such conversation is uncomfortable or does not produce a satisfactory outcome, individuals should contact one of the other Board members.

Handling of Reported Violations

The Board Chair will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation in a timely manner. All reports will be investigated promptly and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.


Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant or may be submitted anonymously. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

Investigating Complaints

The Board Chair is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations. The Board Chair shall notify the Board of Directors when a complaint or allegation is received and shall report on the outcome of an investigation, while preserving confidentiality of involved parties to the extent possible. In the event that a complaint involves the Chair, the responsibility shall fall to the Treasurer or Secretary.

Accounting and Auditing Matters

The Board of Directors shall address all reported concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls, or auditing. The Chair of the Board shall immediately notify the Treasurer of any such complaint. The Chair and the Treasurer will work with the Board of Directors until the matter is resolved.

Adopted by the CLAC Board of Directors: December 12, 2014