USM Communication Channels for Anonymous, Confidential Reporting of Fraud

Employees, students and other members of the University System of Maryland (USM) community are strongly encouraged to communicate suspected fraud or other financial irregularities to appropriate authorities.

At and via telephone "Hotline" (1-877-330-2320), members of the USM community may report such concerns. This user-friendly process is both anonymous and confidential. It is designed to deter and detect fraud, unethical business practices, and financial irregularities at USM institutions.

In addition to the portal and hotline, reports of fraud may be submitted to a fax number and mailing address. A full summary of contact information for all of these channels follows at the bottom.

Upon receipt of a report, the Office of Internal Audit will evaluate the allegation and determine the appropriate strategy for resolution. On a case-by-case basis, officials at USM institutions, the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, or the USM Office of Internal Audit may be asked to conduct or collaborate in an investigation.

The Chancellor and USM Board of Regents have given their full support to responsible, proactive reporting systems as a priority to address any potential fraud or abuse of USM assets. The program adds another level of proactive custodial responsibility to USM's continuing strong management of System resources.

Establishment of the Hotline assures USM compliance with the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) Contract Code of Business Ethics Requirements, which requires a hotline or other internal mechanism to facilitate anonymous, confidential employee reporting of improper conduct. FAR applies to organizations carrying federal contracts whose value is more than $5 million or with a performance period of at least 120 days.

We encourage anyone familiar with any fraud, misuse or misappropriation of USM resources to use the Web portal, hotline and other channels to confidentially and anonymously report suspected fraud so that it may be appropriately investigated.

1. Web Portal Link:

2. Toll-free Telephone Hotline   1-877-330-2320

3. U.S. Mail: University System of Maryland
                    Office of Internal Audit; ATTN: HOTLINE
                     10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 450
            Columbia, Maryland 21044

4.  Fax Transmissions -  (443-367-3551)