The District is committed to protecting the public funds with which it has been entrusted. Minimizing the losses to fraud and corruption is an essential part of ensuring that all of the District's resources are used for the purpose for which they are intended.
The public is entitled to expect the District to conduct its affairs with integrity, honesty and openness, and demand the highest standards of conduct from those working for it and with it.
Definition of Fraud and Corruption
Although there is no precise legal definition of fraud, the term is used to describe a multitude of offenses, including deception, forgery, theft, misappropriation, collusion and false representation of material facts.
Corruption arises when a person receives any benefit which influences them and causes them to act differently when conducting District business.
The District's Response
Board policy requires that matters
involving any financial irregularities are referred to the Superintendent for
investigation. These matters are taken seriously and additional action, such as
disciplinary proceedings and/or prosecution,
Compile a report of findings for submission to the Board with a recommendation as to whether disciplinary action is appropriate.
The Investigation Process
The purpose of any investigation is to establish the facts in an equitable and objective manner.
screen allegations or information to gauge their credibility;
coordinate with departments or other agencies (including the police).
Whenever possible, the individual
raising the concern
If fraud or corruption is suspected, then the matter should be reported without delay. Employees should report suspicions to a supervisor at the outset and retain all evidence. However, if it is thought the supervisor might be involved or there may be a conflict of interest, the matter should be reported directly to a more senior administrator.
It is recognized that for some
individuals, raising a concern under this procedure may be a difficult
experience. All reported incidents
To ensure that this policy is adhered to,
and to assure staff that the concern
not allow the person raising the concern to
be retaliated against for doing so;
treat retaliation against whistle blowers as a serious matter leading to disciplinary action that may include dismissal;
not attempt to conceal evidence of poor or
take disciplinary action if an employee destroys or conceals evidence of poor or unacceptable practice or misconduct; and
The District's overall objective is to identify and maintain good practices, address weaknesses in current processes and introduce improved systems for the management of those processes. The end result is that of minimizing the amount of fraud and corruption which may occur within the system and significantly reduce the opportunity for fraud or corruption to occur in the future.
Board Approved 11/20/08
Board Re-Approved 11/21/2013