Timely Reporting of Information
Reporting of Information
University of Rochester is a large and complex organization that generally does
very well reporting important information to senior administrators on a timely
basis. On a few recent occasions, we
could have done better. In October 2012,
in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, I appointed a
Provost’s Committee and asked Peter Lennie to serve as its chair. I charged the committee to make
recommendations about how we can strengthen and expedite University internal
communications to the president and other senior leaders as appropriate.
I am releasing the committee’s report. I
want to express my gratitude to Peter Lennie as well as the members of the
committee: Raffaella Borasi, Rich
Feldman, Steve Goldstein, Mike Goonan, Doug Lowry, Chuck Murphy, Lamar Murphy,
Gail Norris, Ron Paprocki, Kathy Rideout, Peter Robinson, Mark Taubman, and
ask your help in sharing this memo, which highlights key principles, and the
attached report to help ensure that important information is properly transmitted
on a timely basis. Thank you for your
assistance with this important matter.
KEY PRINCIPLES IN REPORTING OF TIMELY INFORMATION
- You should report to your supervisor or an
appropriate senior administrator:
- Information about a danger to persons or
- Information about conduct that violates
a law or regulation or significant University policy (such as our Code of
Conduct or our Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment).
- Information about conduct that has a
adverse impact on the work environment or the operations of the University.
- Information about misuse of University
property or information.
- Information that could lead to a
potential government or private legal action against the University.
- Information that might be reported in
- Information that could have an adverse financial
impact on the University or any of its academic or operating divisions.
- Information that is materially different
from that reported to the Board of Trustees or in public statements of the
- IF IN DOUBT – REPORT. If you are in doubt about the importance of
information, always report the information to your supervisor or another
- In making judgment calls about reporting
important information, put yourself in a supervisor’s shoes and ask yourself
whether the information is something that she/he would want to know.
- The general rule should be to report the
information to your supervisor if possible, even if the information does not
directly involve your work area. Your
supervisor can help ensure that information gets to the right person.
- You should treat the information you
report with appropriate confidentiality. You should not share sensitive
information with University personnel, or others outside the University, who
are not in a position to deal with the matter.