Fraud Reporting

SUNY Optometry is committed to ensuring its funds and other College resources are used in an effective and efficient matter. The Fraud Reporting Hotline is intended for faculty, staff, students, and others to report suspected fraud, waste, abuse or irregular activities. These activities include improper transactions, such as suspected thefts, losses, misuse or inappropriate action involving State funds, equipment, supplies or other assets.

Types of Activities Covered

  • Theft of any State or SUNY asset including, but not limited to money, tangible property, trade secrets or intellectual property;
  • Misappropriation, misapplication, destruction, removal, or concealment of State or SUNY property;
  • Inappropriate use of computer systems, including hacking and software piracy;
  • Unauthorized disclosure of confidential or proprietary information;
  • Unauthorized disclosure of student educational records, personal information, or medical information;
  • Authorizing or receiving compensation for hours not worked or covered by appropriate and available leave;
  • Fraudulent or otherwise deceptive financial reporting;
  • Credit card and travel expense fraud;
  • Use of staff to perform personal errands, services or tasks;
  • Alteration or falsification of documents;
  • False claims by students, employees, vendors, or others associated with SUNY; and
  • Bribery, kickbacks, bid rigging, and conflicts of interest.

Activities Covered Under Other Policies and Protocols

Activities described above that may constitute fraud or irregularities may also be covered by existing policies and procedures on specialized topics.  Such activities may still be reported, but will be referred for handling to the extent such other procedures exist.  Examples of such policies include:

  • Individual employee grievances and complaints concerning terms and conditions of employment will continue to be reviewed in accordance with applicable academic and human resources policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Complaints regarding sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or marital status should be reported to the designated officer and handled in accordance with the applicable complaint procedures.
  • Student academic grievances should follow local campus policies and procedures.
  • Complaints regarding research administration are generally the responsibility of the Research Foundation for SUNY.
  • Complaints related to construction projects administered by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) or the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) are generally the responsibilities of those entities.
  • Complaints related to a SUNY community college should be filed with the appropriate community college.

Methods of Fraud Reporting

Individuals who want to report suspected fraud, waste, abuse or irregularities anonymously can utilize the following Fraud Reporting Hotline options:

Voice mail: (212) 938-5851


Write to:
SUNY College of Optometry
Office of Internal Control
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036