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Office of Internal Auditing

Ethics/Safety Hotline

Ethics/Safety Hotline

For events presenting an immediate threat to life or property, call 911.

Toll Free: 1-877-503-7283 (1-877-50FRAUD) or
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Types of Items to Report

Financial: Accounting or internal control issues, fraud, theft, or other financial issues.
Safety: Unsafe conditions, environmental issues, or other safety matters.
Research: Issues dealing with the rights and welfare of research subjects, research misconduct, proposals, protocols, or other research matters.
Academic: Misrepresentation of credentials, academic dishonesty, and other academic violations.
Human Resources: Harassment, discrimination, threats, or other forms of misconduct.
Information Systems: Data privacy, confidentiality, or other waste or abuse of resources or information.
Athletics: All issues dealing with the University’s athletic department or programs.

A confidential third-party Ethics/Safety Hotline is provided through Lighthouse Services to assist any member of the University community with reporting concerns or issues about questionable practices. These may include fraud, unlawful, unethical, or other types of behavior. Regular business matters that do not require anonymity should be directed to the employee’s supervisor and should not be submitted using this service.

Every employee and member of the community can play a vital part in helping Clemson maintain its integrity. Most incidences are discovered as a result of tips provided by individuals who are closest to the activity.

Issues may be reported 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-503-7283 or by visiting the website. It is not necessary to identify yourself, but it would help in case further information is needed. Your privacy is respected, and conversations are confidential. Every effort is made to protect your anonymity.

Whistleblower Policy

In accordance with South Carolina State Law, this policy confirms that any person who makes a “good faith” allegation about misconduct, including violations of law, regulations or University policies and procedures will not be subject to retaliation by the University or anyone within its control. Download complete Whistleblower Policy.

Issues reported via Lighthouse Services are transcribed and provided to the Clemson University Office of Internal Audit. Established procedures are followed depending upon the nature of the concern.

If you choose not to use the Ethics/Safety Hotline, you may:

  • Visit Internal Auditing at 391 College Avenue, Suite 402, Clemson, SC
  • Call Internal Auditing at 864-656-2387
  • Call the State Inspector General at 1-855-723-7283 (1-855-SC-Fraud)
  • File a complaint online at the State Inspector General’s website.