Best practice in governance, school management and leadership includes open communication options in cases where current policies or procedures fall short. Pearson College has contracted with EthicsPoint, which provides an anonymous method for anyone, including current and former students, faculty and staff to report behaviour of College employees or other individuals associated with the College that is illegal, unethical, a violation of safety regulations, fraudulent, an abuse of College property, a misuse of College funds, substance abuse or other conduct that violates Pearson College’s policies, for example its Respectful Campus Policy.
The 24/7 EthicsPoint toll-free number is unique to Pearson College. EthicsPoint, used by colleges and universities around the world, is contractually committed to not pursue a caller’s identity. Reports to EthicsPoint are communicated to the Chair of the HR Committee of the Pearson College Board of Directors. EthicsPoint explains the procedure and timeline to those who file reports and serves as an intermediary between the person filing a report and the Head of College.
While anyone is free to use EthicsPoint, it is not meant to be a substitute for existing methods at Pearson College that deal with the reporting of personal complaints of harassment. Nor is EthicsPoint designed to deal with faculty and staff employment-related grievances, for which the College has specific policies and procedures. An employee should first bring a concern to his or her immediate supervisor. If it is not resolved, it should be brought to the attention of the Head of College or the Director of Human Resources.
The College is committed to a safe and respectful experience, free from harassment for every individual.
A student should first bring his or her concern directly to a teacher, activity leader, advisor or houseparent. If it is not resolved, it should be brought to the attention of the Dean of Students and if not resolved, then to the Head of College. If the concern involves the illegal or unethical behavior of the Head of College or a member of the Board of Directors, the concern should be brought to the Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors or EthicsPoint should be used.
Most importantly, the College is committed to a safe and respectful experience, free from harassment for every individual on campus and Ethics Point serves as one tool to ensure that this is the case.