Ethics Compliance


Integrity is a core value at the College of Southern Maryland, and we strive for all our work to reflect our values. College of Southern Maryland employees, including student workers, are expected to abide by state and federal laws and regulations as well as College policies in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for the College. All College employees, including student workers, cannot be compelled by a supervisor or College official to violate the law or College policies. An individual who has knowledge of specific acts(s) which he or she reasonably believes violate(s) the law or College policy has a responsibility to disclose that information. The College of Southern Maryland Policy HR 4190 Whistleblower Protection contains general guidelines for conducting College work with the highest standards of ethics.

College of Southern Maryland is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or management in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.

In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use the CSM Ethics Hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. This system will complement existing campus reporting options for financial, accounting and other compliance related violations. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our College of Southern Maryland Whistleblower Protection Policy, as well as asking for guidance related to policies and procedure. You may submit a report through this site or by calling (888-552-8064). The hotline can be used for either direct or anonymous reporting.

The hotline provides reporting categories.  If you are unsure which category to use, please click on “Risk and Safety Matters.”

Report an Ethics Violation

This hotline should not be used to report health, fire and safety, personnel, or academic matters.

The information you provide will be sent to us by EthicsPoint on a totally confidential and anonymous basis, if you should choose. The College will investigate all reports submitted promptly and discreetly. You have our guarantee that your comments will be heard. The College will not tolerate retaliation toward, or harassment of, anyone who makes a good faith effort to appropriately disclose an alleged impropriety through this method.