Whistleblowing

Under editing April 2020


Here you can find information on how to blow the whistle/give notification of censurable conditions at the NTNU. All students and employees have the right to blow the whistle or “make notification”, according to the Working environment act 2A-1 “The right to notify censurable conditions at the undertaking.”

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This is how you make notice #

You can turn in your notice in different ways, per letter, email, phonecall or in conversation. It is important that you do so, even though you are insecure as to whether is a case blow the whistle on or not.

You have the right to present your case to your leader or her/his superiors. 

It is an absolute advantage if you make a good effort to be presice in your description of the case:

  • What are you making notice of?
  • Where and when did it happen?
  • Who is involved? Any witnesses?
  • Do you have recognition of previous similar cases?

In which cases is blowing the whistle the right thing to do? #

You can do so if you notice breaches or dangers to: 

  1. life and health
  2. dangers to the climate or the environment
  3. corruption or economic criminality
  4. misuse of authority
  5. unjustifiable work environment
  6. breaches of the Personal Data Act.

You can both give notice on your own experience and on behalf of others.

In some situations employees have a duty to give notification/blow the whistle. Reference is given to the Working environment act § 2-3.

What is not a case for making notification/whistleblowing? #

To express disagreement on decisions made, i.e. on budgetary issues, hirements, professional priorities or desicions made under the law in compliance with NTNUs policies, is not to be taken as a notification or as a whistleblowing case.

Do you want someone to speak to before you give notification? #

Do you feel the need or want to talk to someone before you decide whether to make notification? On the links underneath, you find help and services who you can turn to before you decide on you options, - they have the duty of confidentiality.

For students #

  • SIT – Psycological health care at the ved Studentsamskipnaden (SiT).
  • Student Ombuds at the NTNU
  • The equality ombuds
  • The University Chaplain

For employees #

  • The occupational Health services
  • The elected representatives

Who can give notification? #

Everybody can give notification of censurable conditions at the NTNU. If you are not affiliated to the NTNU as a student or employee, please contact the leader of the unit where the notification apllies:

  • Administrative unit: Head of administration.
  • Faculty: Dean.
  • Institute: Head of Department.

Here is a link to the leaders at the NTNU and their units.

If you are in doubt as to whom the notification should be sent to, you can send it directly to NTNU via ordinary mail or electronic mail, then NTNU will ensure that your notification is handled correctly:

Contact information at  NTNU

What happens if I notify censurable conditions at the undertaking? #

Employers obligation to prepare procedures, Working environment act § 2A-3

Under any circumstances, NTNU does not have the right to retaliate in a whistleblowing case. This non-retaliation article in the Working Environment act § 2 A-2.

Working Environment Act, Section 2 A-3: Obligation to prepare procedures.
Working Environment Act, § 2-3: Employees duty to coorporate.

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 Last edited 03.04.2020

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