What is a Whistleblower Policy?

A “whistleblower” as defined by this policy is an employee of the Detroit Institute of Arts who reports an activity that he/she considers illegal or dishonest to any member of the DIA Strategy Group.

The whistleblower is not responsible for investigating the activity or for determining fault or corrective measures; appropriate DIA management officials are charged with these responsibilities

Protection of Confidentiality

Whistleblower protection is provided in two important areas -- confidentiality and retaliation.

Insofar as possible, the confidentiality of the whistleblower will be maintained. However, identity may have to be disclosed to conduct a thorough investigation, to comply with the law or to provide accused individuals their legal rights of defense.

Protection Against Retaliation

The DIA will not retaliate against a whistleblower. This includes, but is not limited to, protection from retaliation in the form of an adverse employment action such as termination, compensation decreases, poor work assignments or threats of physical harm. Any whistleblower who believes he/she is being retaliated against must contact the Human Resources Director immediately. The right of a whistleblower for protection against retaliation does not include immunity for any personal wrongdoing that is alleged and investigated.