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    What is the Whistleblower Act? 

    The Whistleblower Act, enacted by Washington State Legislature in 1982, encourages state employees to report improper governmental actions. The law makes retaliation against whistleblowers unlawful and authorizes remedies should it occur. 


    What is an improper governmental action?

    An improper governmental action is defined as any action by an employee undertaken in the performance of the employee's official duties which:

    Malicious or False Assertions

    Whistleblowers must file assertions in good faith. RCW 42.40.020 states that an employee must not knowingly report false, malicious or frivolous information, recklessly disregard the truth or omit relevant information. It states that the identity of any person, who in good faith provides information in a whistleblower investigation, will be given confidentiality..

    Personnel Issues

    The Whistleblower Act specifically excludes personnel actions for which other remedies exist. Excluded actions include: employee grievances, violations of state civil service laws, labor agreement violations, reprimands and other disciplinary actions..

    How to report an improper governmental action

    University employees, students or others may file complaints of improper governmental actions in the following ways:

    1) Whistleblower Program

    Current state employees may contact the State Auditor's Office directly, by completing the Whistleblower Reporting Form or submitting a detailed letter to:

    Washington State Auditor's Office

    Attn: State Employee Whistleblower Program

    PO Box 40031

    Olympia WA 98504-0031


    web site:

    telephone: 1-866-902-3900

    2) University Personnel

    Complaints of improper governmental actions may be brought to the attention of the following personnel:

    Dr. Mary Cullinan
    Phone: 509-359-6362

    Laurie Connelly, J.D.
    Associate to the President
    Phone: 509-359-2372

    Jo Lynn Rogers
    Director of Human Resources, Rights and Risk
    Phone: 509-359-2383

    Frequently asked questions about the Whistleblower Act

    Contact Information

    Eastern Washington University
    Main Campus Contact
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

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