How To Report an Allegation of Fiscal Misconduct

UW–Madison employees can document a report of fiscal misconduct by completing the UW–Madison Fiscal Misconduct Reporting form (PDF) and submitting it to

UW–Madison is committed to the highest standards of financial stewardship and encourages the detection and prevention of acts that would be detrimental to this responsibility. These acts carry legal implications for the university employee, both as an employee and as a citizen, and increase the risk to the operations and reputation of the UW System.

Fiscal misconduct is a deliberate act or failure to act that is contrary to established laws, regulations or policies and which results or was intended to result in either loss or other damage to the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the UW System or improper personal gain. Instances of fiscal misconduct to be reported and reviewed include, but are not limited to:

  • theft or embezzlement of any UW-Madison or UW System funds or resources
  • bribery, kickbacks, and bid-rigging
  • misappropriation, misapplication, destruction, removal, or concealment of funds or resources
  • improper handling or reporting of financial transactions
  • credit card and travel expense fraud
  • forgery, falsification, or unauthorized alteration of financial documents or records

When managing or using the university’s fiscal resources, employees, and agents of the University are expected to:

  • act in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies with respect to the handling of UW–Madison funds or resources
  • aid in the detection and prevention of fiscal misconduct
  • be familiar with the types of fiscal misconduct that could occur in their area
  • be attentive for suspected instances where fiscal misconduct might exist in their unit
  • promptly report any known or suspected fiscal misconduct.

UW–Madison employees who report an actual or suspected instance of fiscal misconduct in good faith shall not be subject to any adverse employment action including separation, demotion, suspension, or loss of benefits because of the report.

Reports and investigations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with University policies, applicable laws, and the need for an investigation.