Students – Assistance with Solving Problems
Students are encouraged to resolve university concerns by contacting the campus office responsible for the area relevant to the complaint. If dissatisfied with the response, the student may contact the relevant area supervisor, director, department chair, or dean for resolution.
Students may also submit a complaint form to the Office of the Board of Governors if the university is not complying with state law:
Office of Inspector General and Director of Compliance (OIGC) Complaint
The Office of the Inspector General and Director of Compliance receives and considers complaints alleging waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement within the Board of Governors and the State University System of Florida.
Every complaint received by the Inspector General and Director of Compliance will be reviewed and considered. The more specific the information provided, the better we will be able to assist you.
In many cases, given the state of Florida higher education governance structure, jurisdiction to investigate the complaint will reside with the state university. In such cases, the complaint will be referred to the university for review and processing as appropriate. It is important to note that the Board of Governors does not serve as an appeals body for decisions reached at a state university.
For additional information pertaining to the State University System of Florida Governance System and the Office of Inspector General and Office of Compliance, please click on the following link: OIGC
- Describe your complaint in detail;
- Specify any pertinent dates, staff with whom you dealt (including their e-mail and/or telephone contact information), etc.;
- Attach copies of any documentation which will help describe the issue(s) and substantiate your allegation(s); and
- Please tell us why a state university board of trustees is unwilling or unable to address substantiated allegations made by any person relating to waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement (Section 20.155(5), Florida Statutes).
Please e-mail the completed form with appropriate attachments to [email protected] or fax to 850-245-9192.
Information can be mailed to:
State University System of Florida Board of Governors
Office of Inspector General and Director of Compliance
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Email: [email protected]
Each state university is administered by a board of trustees which is responsible for the direction, operation, management, and accountability of the university.
If you have a concern and wish to report of possible violations, please click on the link below to contact the appropriate university. Please note that some reporting applications only function with Internet Explorer.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Division of Audit and Compliance
406 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Florida Atlantic University
Office of Inspector General
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Florida Gulf Coast University
Office of Internal Audit
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Edwards Hall 212
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Florida International University
Office of Internal Audit
University Park, CSC 447
Miami, FL 33199
Florida Polytechnic University
4700 Research Way
Lakeland, FL 33805-8531
Florida State University
Office of Inspector General Services
Suite 407 Westcott Building
222 South Copeland Street
P.O. Box 3061390
Tallahassee, FL 32306
New College of Florida
NCF – VP Finance/Administration
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109
University of Central Florida
Millican Hall, Suite 341
4365 Andromeda Loop N.
P.O. Box 160080
Orlando, Florida 32816-0080
University of Florida
Office of Internal Audit
903 West University Avenue, PO Box 113025
Gainesville, FL 32611-3025
University of North Florida
Office of Internal Auditing
UNF Hall, Suite 2310
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
University of South Florida
University Compliance and Ethics
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 401
Tampa, FL 33620
University of West Florida
Internal Auditing and Compliance
Bldg. 20W / Rm. 157
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514
Florida Department of Education, Office of Inspector General
The Florida Department of Education provides leadership, technical assistance, and support to the local educational entities and institutions comprising the education system of sixty-seven (67) school districts, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, and twenty-eight (28) state and community colleges. Other areas of responsibility within the Department include workforce development, vocational rehabilitation, and blind services.
In accordance with Section 20.055, Florida Statutes, the OIG is the “central point for coordination of and responsibility for activities that promote accountability, integrity, and efficiency in government” and is responsible for conducting audits, investigations, and other consulting and technical assistance activities. Also, in accordance with Section 1001.20, Florida Statutes, under certain conditions the OIG is responsible for conducting, coordinating or requesting investigations into allegations of waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement within the school districts, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, or the Florida College System institutions.
Florida College System Complaints
The Florida College System is the primary access point to undergraduate education for Floridians, including recent high school graduates and returning adult students. The 28 colleges, state colleges and community colleges in the Florida College System respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of employers by aligning certificate and degree programs with regional workforce needs. With an array of programs and services, our colleges serve individuals, communities and the state with low-cost, high-quality education opportunities. Florida College System
If you believe there has been a violation of the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees (Part III of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes), this is a matter over which the Commission on Ethics has responsibility. The Commission on Ethics is the guardian of the standards of conduct for the officers and employees of the state and serves as the independent commission provided for in Section 8(f), Article II of the Constitution of the State of Florida. It is the duty of the Commission on Ethics to receive and investigate sworn complaints of any alleged violations of the code of ethics as established in this part and of any other breach of the public trust including investigation of all facts and parties materially related to the complaint at issue. The Commission on Ethics can be contacted at:
Florida Commission on Ethics
Tallahassee, Florida 32317-5709
Phone: (850) 488-7864
Florida Commission on Human Relations
The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) was established by the Florida Legislature to investigate and resolve discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, and Whistle-blower’s Act retaliation. FCHR can be contacted at:
Florida Commission on Human Relations
2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301
CFO Get Lean Hotline
The Get Lean Florida state hotline program was established in 1992 as part of the Florida Department of Financial Services. The program operates a “Get Lean Hotline” to respond to comments about waste, fraud, and abuse within state government and to accept suggestions on how the state can save money. The hotline is a 24-hour anonymous web site and phone system that gives you the opportunity to make government more accountable to you. Please share your comments and suggestions for improving state government and where we can Get Lean.
Telephone Hotline: 1-800-GET-LEAN (438-5326)
Are you aware of serious allegations of wrongdoing on the part of a public employer or independent contractor? Are you also a State employee, former State employee, State Agency contract employee or Applicant for State employment? If yes, you may qualify for whistle-blower protection including confidentiality of your name and identity in accordance with the Whistle-blowers Act.
For more information about the provisions of the Whistle-blower’s Act, please view the:
In order to request whistle–blower protection, you must report your information to certain entities including the Agency Inspector General’s office. You may use the Chief Inspector General’s Whistleblower Form for your convenience (This form is intended only for a State employee, former State employee, State Agency contract employee or Applicant for State employment.)
Post Office Box 151
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
(800) 543-5353 toll-free
(850) 922-1060 in Tallahassee
(850) 921-0817 facsimile
U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights
The mission of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is to ensure equal access to education through vigorous enforcement of five federal civil rights that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (ED).
In order for OCR to have jurisdiction over the subject matter of the complaint, the complaint must allege a violation of one or more of the laws OCR enforces. OCR must also determine whether the complaint is filed on time. A complaint must be filed within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by OCR for good cause shown under certain circumstances.
How to File a Complaint:
Complainants wishing to file a complaint may do so by:
- Mail or Facsimile: Complainants may mail or send by facsimile a letter or use the OCR’s Discrimination Complaint Form available from one of OCR’s enforcement offices.
- E-mail: Complainants may file a complaint using the following e–mail address: [email protected].
- Online: Complainants may file a complaint with OCR using OCR’s electronic complaint form at the following website:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.
U.S. Department of Education – Office of Inspector General
The Mission of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General is to promote the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of the Department’s programs and operations through the conduct of independent and objective audits, investigations, inspections, and other activities. Anyone knowing of fraud, waste, or abuse of Department of Education funds should contact the OIG Hotline to make a confidential report. Complaints or concerns received through the Hotline may be referred for OIG investigation, audit, inspection or other review.
You may contact the USDOE Inspector General’s Hotline by:
- Calling the OIG Hotline’s toll free number 1-800-MIS-USED. Hotline Operators take calls during the hours of Monday and Wednesday 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Eastern Time; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time.
- Downloading a hardcopy of the Hotline Complaint Form, and completing, mailing or faxing to:
Inspector General’s Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
Fax: (202) 245-7047