Great Lakes College is governed by state laws and the laws of Canada pertaining to rights and permissions affecting communications produced by any member of the Great Lakes community. Privacy laws require permissions for the use of an individual’s image or likeness for marketing or promotional use. Copyright and trademark laws outline standards for securing permission for incorporating forms of intellectual property that include: video, photography, design, written works, and audio recording. Individuals or units at Great Lakes that violate these laws in their communications may be subject to individual or joint liability. Great Lakes outlines policies on image use and copyright that apply to all members of the Great Lakes community to limit institutional and personal liability.  


Guidelines for Promotional Activities

Great Lakes College encourages positive relationships with its partners, contractors, vendors and stakeholders. However, members of the Great Lakes faculty or staff cannot, in their capacity as College employees or representatives, endorse non-affiliated, for-profit business or operations. Questions about participating in press releases, testimonials, and other forms of promotional activities should be addressed to the Office of College Communications.


We Speak Up and Appropriately Report Suspected Violations

Great Lakes College is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in all areas of its mission. We, as members of the Great Lakes College community, should report suspected violations of applicable laws, regulations, government contracts and grant requirements, and of this Code of Conduct. This reporting should normally be made initially through standard management channels, beginning with your immediate supervisor, instructor or advisor. If for any reason it is not appropriate for you to report suspected violations to your immediate supervisor (e.g., the suspected violation is by the supervisor), you may go to a higher level of management or contact Great Lakes College’s Chief College Auditor. We expect that your report will be made in a good faith effort to address legitimate issues needing correction, or to otherwise provide reliable information. If you are reporting a suspected violation in good faith, it is protected under the Rhode Island Whistleblowers’ Protection Act Section 28-50, which prohibits retaliation against employees for disclosing a violation or noncompliance with laws, rules or regulations.


Suspected Fiscal Misconduct

All College employees, including student employees, are responsible for the proper conduct and handling of any College resource or fiscal matter entrusted to them, in accordance with laws, regulations, College policies and other expectation of ethical business conduct. The College’s Fiscal Misconduct Policy requires employees, including student employees, to promptly report to the Chief College Auditor any actual or suspected fiscal misconduct, whether by members of the College community, or by persons outside the College involving College resources. If you instead report fiscal misconduct to a supervisor, chairperson, director, dean, vice president or another responsible person, that individual must immediately notify the Chief College Auditor.



As a member of the Great Lakes College community, you will cooperate fully with any audit, inquiry, or investigation undertaken at Great Lakes’ direction by its attorneys, investigators, internal auditors or independent public accountants.