From: Gail Hall <gail.hall**At_Symbol_Here**BC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Help with advice for an academic colleague
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:21:10 -0500
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We hear fewer of these reports, but we still hear them.
I see two issues that have not been addressed.

1. What is the organizational hierarchy at the institution. Does the chair report to a Dean or Provost? That may be a "friendlier" approach than going to legal counsel or the Board of Trustees first. The Dean/Provost is likely to have a better sense of liability in this day-and-age because of ADA, Title IX, Clery, etc.

2. It is possible that the employee will be seen as a whistle-blower, and if s/he is concerned about continued employment or tenure, then the moral issue is more complicated - safety in a lab while trying to provide for family or have a career. Speaking to a mentor at the institution who understands the organization may provide some helpful insights..


Gail Hall
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Boston College

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