Whistleblower Policy

SPIRIT OF ATLANTA

PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY

1. Retaliation against any Director, employee, staff member, student, parent, volunteer, agent, contractor or supporter of Spirit of Atlanta/Friends of Spirit, Inc. (“SOA”) who raises concerns regarding potential violation of the law or of SOA’s standards of conduct or it’s policies is prohibited. Retaliation against any individual for the good-faith reporting of real or potential compliance and policy violations is cause for immediate and appropriate actions, up to and including summary dismissal from SOA in its sole discretion.

2. No Director, employee, contractor, subcontractor, volunteer or agent of SOA shall discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or in any other manner knowingly and intentionally discriminate against any individual in the terms and conditions of their relationship with SOA because of any act done by the individual:

2.1 To provide information, cause information to be provided, or otherwise assist in an investigation regarding any conduct which the reporter reasonably believes constitutes a violation of state or federal law applicable to SOA or SOA’s policies and procedures, when the information or assistance is provided to, or the investigation is conducted by:
(a) any state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agency;
(b) any lawfully constituted investigative body; or
(c) a person with supervisory authority over the individual or such other person working for SOA who has the authority to investigate, discover, or discipline misconduct; or
2.2 To file, cause to be filed, testify, participate in, or otherwise assist in a proceeding filed or about to be filed relating to an alleged violation of state or federal law applicable to SOA or a violation of any applicable SOA policy.

3. Reports of real or potential violations of law or violations of the policies and procedures of SOA shall be reported to the Executive Director, Corps Director, or the Chair of the Board of Directors, who shall take immediate action after conducting a reasonable investigation as deemed necessary appropriate in their sole discretion to protect the health and welfare of the members and all individuals with SOA up to and including dismissal of the violator from SOA and/or reporting of the incident to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

4. Alternatively, any person may submit a violation of law or violations of SOA’s policies and procedures anonymously at the following email address: whistleblower@spiritdrumscorps.org.

5. Except as required by law, all reports shall be treated confidentially to the extent possible consistent with fair and rigorous enforcement of SOA policies and procedures. We understand that you may find it difficult to report suspected violations by those you work with; however, SOA must take steps to prevent and detect criminal or unethical conduct in order to avoid jeopardizing the welfare of SOA and all of their members, employees, contractors, staff, and volunteers. Please note that you should not conduct your own investigation of any suspected violation.

 

Whistle Blower Policy 4-20-18