Washington State University
EXECUTIVE POLICY MANUAL

Executive Policy #26
Approved July 18, 2006

Internal Investigations Training and Policy

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POLICY

The University requires training of investigators and the documentation of investigation procedures.

Each University investigative unit is to develop internal investigative procedures for review and approval by the University Office of Risk Management.

Each investigative unit is to ensure that at least one supervisory level employee is trained and certified through the Office of the State Human Resources Director Investigator Training Program or other comparable training program. Contact Human Resource Services or refer to the State Human Resources training website for information regarding investigative training:

http://www.hr.wa.gov/

Investigations are not to be conducted without approval from the University department having jurisdiction in the identified area of investigation. See "Investigation Units" below for a list of University units responsible for conducting investigations.

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to investigations conducted by university departments whose duties include interviewing witnesses, obtaining documents, or otherwise gathering information that may be used in enforcement or disciplinary actions or proceedings where there is potential for substantial civil or criminal remedies or penalties to be imposed.

This policy does not apply to commissioned law enforcement officers, employees who conduct checklist inspections or review application materials for eligibility purposes, and employees whose investigative duties involve simply obtaining documents.

INVESTIGATION UNITS

The following areas have investigative functions and are responsible for complying with this policy. Other unlisted units meeting the requirements indicated under "Applicability" are also responsible for policy compliance. Links to related procedures are provided when available.

Office for Equal Opportunity

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/EPM/EP15_Discrimination_and_Sexual_Harassment.htm

Environmental Health and Safety

Accident Investigation

http://www.wsu.edu/manuals_forms/HTML/SPPM/2_General_Workplace_Safety/2.26_Investigating_Accidents.htm

Human Resource Services

Faculty Misconduct

http://facsen.wsu.edu/faculty_manual/

Staff Misconduct

Workplace Violence

http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/50_Safety_and_Security/50.30_Workplace_Violence_and_Bullying.htm

Information Technology Services - Security Unit

Computer Investigations

Internal Auditor

Irregularity Investigations

http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/30_Finance/30.12_Internal_Audits.htm

Whistleblower Investigations

http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/10_Organization/10.20_Improper_Governmental_Actions_Whistleblower_Act.htm

Ethics Investigations

http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/10_Organization/10.22_Possible_Ethics_Violations.htm

Student Conduct

Student Misconduct

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26

Vice President for Research

Misconduct in Research

http://facsen.wsu.edu/faculty_manual/

http://officeofresearch.wsu.edu/Documents/PDF/MisconductPolicy.pdf