Reporting Suspected Improper Conduct

A core element of the UC San Diego Health Compliance Program is providing a means to anonymously report suspected improper conduct. If you suspect there are improper activities at UC San Diego Health which may violate state or federal laws, please report these activities, so that we can follow up and determine the appropriate action. Reporting actual or potentially improper conduct helps UC San Diego Health fulfill our commitment to maintain an ethical environment which ultimately impacts the care we provide patients.

Examples of what to report include any type of:

  • Bribery
  • Theft
  • Misuse of UCSD property
  • Fraud or corruption
  • Gross misconduct, incompetence or inefficiency
  • Conduct that poses a threat to the health and safety of our patients or employees.

Where to Report: You can report your concern to your supervisor or the UCSD Health Science's Compliance Program (T: 858-657-7487). You can also notify the UCSD confidential Hotline at 800-403-4744 or at UCSD will maintain your confidentiality, to the extent possible.

Retaliation: If you make a report in good faith, UCSD will protect you from being penalized for blowing the whistle. You may file a grievance or complaint if you believe you have been retaliated against. Examples of retaliation are management actions that violate the personnel policies applicable to you or that adversely affect your terms and conditions of employment.

For more information on how to "blow the whistle" on improper activities or file a grievance, you can go to

What if I have a question or concern?

The opportunity for you to ask questions and raise concerns is a cornerstone of a successful corporate compliance program. We support open discussion of ethical and legal questions and concerns regarding compliance issues and will not tolerate retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, raises questions or reports suspected violations.

The rules governing the health care industry can be complicated. For this reason, it is not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to compliance. If you have questions or concerns with any area of compliance, please ask for help. It is always better to ask before taking an action that might be improper. UC San Diego supports open discussion of ethical and legal questions. We have well-developed programs in these areas and will not tolerate retaliation against any employee who, in good faith, raises questions or reports suspected violations. 

If you have a complaint, it will be properly investigated. If you wish, we will keep your identity confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Please remember, as a University employee or student, you have a personal responsibility to report any activity that appears to violate the Code of Conduct or any applicable laws or regulations. In general, if you are aware of a compliance violation and fail to report it, you may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action.