[Para 1, LSE Public Interest Disclosure Procedure]
The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which came into effect on 1 January 1999, gives legal protection to employees against being dismissed or penalised by their employers as a result of disclosing information which is considered to be in the public interest. The LSE procedure, as for other UK universities, is intended to follow the Act, but extends its protection to students, and other members of the School as described in section 4.1 of the LSE public interest disclosure procedure.
The principle, which the School endorses, is that where an individual discovers information, which he or she believes to show malpractice/wrongdoing within the organisation, then this information should be disclosed without fear of reprisal.
This should be facilitated by an internal procedure for Public Interest Disclosures in order that the person making the disclosure is afforded proper protection and that the information may be acted upon quickly and matters resolved internally.
Public interest disclosure for the purpose of the procedure is defined as the disclosure of information to the effect that School business has been, is being, or is likely to be the subject of malpractice. Malpractice indicates wrongdoing including illegality; but this procedure goes beyond the Public Interest Disclosure Act in also extending to conduct which could be considered unethical.
What you can do:
[Para 2.1, LSE Public Interest Disclosure Procedure]
Public interest disclosures should be notified in the first instance to one - or if the Discloser wishes, to more than one - of the following designated Assessment Officers:
Secretary and director of administration
Room TW1 6.01
Tel: (0)20 7955 7062
The academic registrar
Room TW2 6.01
Tel: (0)20 7955 6858
The director of estates
Tel: (0)20 7955 6985
Director of finance and facilities
Tel: (0)20 7955 7091