Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 75–94 | Cite as

Preventing the need for whistleblowing: Practical advice for university administrators

  • C. K. GunsalusEmail author


A thoughtful and well-designed institutional response to a whistleblower starts long before a problem ever arises. Important elements include efforts by the institution’s leaders to cultivate an ethical environment, provide clear and fair personnel policies, support internal systems for resolving complaints and grievances, and be willing to address problems when they are revealed. While many institutions have well-developed procedures for handling formal grievances, systems for handling complaints at their earliest stages usually receive less attention. This article focuses on systemic elements necessary for cultivating an ethical environment, good practices in responding to complaints, and the role those practices can play in preventing a confrontation with a whistleblower.


complaint ethics grievance policy scientific integrity whistleblowing 


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© Opragen Publications 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IllinoisChampaignUSA

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