Whistleblower Protection: Reporting Ethical Violations at APA
As individuals performing services for APA, whether paid or volunteers, our daily decisions and actions greatly impact the success of the association. Each of us is expected to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness. These standards are not new to APA; they are a part of our longstanding tradition to behave in an ethical manner and in accordance with all laws, applicable rules and regulations, and policies and procedures. It is APA’s policy to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
It is the policy of APA to encourage individuals to bring to the attention of management, preferably in writing, their concerns regarding any conduct they believe is legally or ethically questionable including possible instances of corporate fraud, unethical business practices, conflicts of interest, or violations of state or federal law (“Unethical Conduct” or “Conduct”). Those with good faith concerns regarding any Conduct they believe is questionable should contact any lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel immediately. This policy does not require reporting the Unethical Conduct to any individual who is involved in the Conduct. Once a complaint is registered, legal counsel will confer with other appropriate individuals and will follow general complaint procedures outlined in APA policy B5.08.
No person who has been accused in the complaint will participate in the investigation or resolution of the complaint. If necessary, due to the disqualification of the persons who would normally process the complaint, the investigation and resolution of the complaint will be done by the Treasurer of APA’s Board of Directors or a designee.
APA also prohibits any form of retaliation, including discrimination, against any individual who reports any truthful information relating to the commission or possible commission of any crime to an officer or employee of a federal agency. Such retaliation will be considered the basis for disciplinary action, including possible termination of employment, or of any contract for services. In addition, individuals performing services for APA risk criminal penalties if they are found to have violated the law prohibiting such retaliation.