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The federal False Claims Act (FCA) "prohibits false or fraudulent claims for payment to the United States," and authorizes civil lawsuits by the Attorney General or by private individuals on behalf of the government. The penalties can include treble damages, and an individual who brings a successful claim is entitled to a portion of the damages collected.
The attorneys in the Office of General Counsel represent Baylor University and do not represent faculty and staff on an individual or personal basis. However, by communicating with this office, faculty and staff members may be acting as representatives of Baylor so that there is a lawyer-client privileged communication. That means that the law allows most communications between a lawyer and a client to remain confidential.
Several sources of law regulate Baylor's safety obligations to employees and students, as well as to protect the rights of an individual to express concerns about safety without retaliation or reprisal.
Baylor University has taken several steps to ensure that the conduct of its Regents, administrators, faculty and staff are consistent with its code of ethics. Everyone is encouraged to report ethical misconduct through a variety of means, including anonymously through the University's EthicsPoint hotline or website.