IEEE Ethics Reporting Line

IEEE strives to achieve the highest standards of integrity and endeavors to conduct business in a responsible and ethical way. It is important that those who act on the organization's behalf ensure IEEE's compliance by adhering to the same standards and expectations. For that reason, we encourage open communication regarding any possible violation of IEEE’s Bylaws, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Policies or applicable law.  

The IEEE Ethics Reporting Line is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a week by phone or web to provide a safe and effective means to raise a concern.  IEEE has selected an independent third party to manage the reporting channel and the information you provide is sent to IEEE by EthicsPoint on an entirely confidential (and, if you choose, anonymous) basis. 


IEEE Ethics Reporting Line

+1 888 359 6323  


Per IEEE Policy Section 9.10, IEEE does not permit retaliation against members, staff and non-members for raising a good faith compliance or ethics concern, for reporting possible violations of IEEE Bylaws, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Policies or other procedures; or for assisting in or cooperating with an investigation of a possible violation.  Click here to access a printable PDF of IEEE's Policies.


IEEE Ethics Reporting Line FAQ


Who can file an ethics complaint? 

Any individual with personal knowledge of facts which they believe constitute a violation of IEEE’s Bylaws, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, an IEEE Policy or applicable law by a member, staff or a non-member in the course of their relationship with or participation in IEEE activities may file a complaint.  


Who is subject to an ethics complaint filed with IEEE? 

A report may be filed against any person who is a member, staff or a non-member participating in IEEE activities. 


In addition to a misconduct complaint, what other type of issues should I report to IEEE Ethics Reporting Line?

Bribery Harassment (Sexual or otherwise)
Bullying Intellectual Property Rights Violation
Conflict of Interest Misconduct or other inappropriate behavior
Disclosure of Confidential Information Plagiarism
Discrimination Sanction or Export Control Violation
Environmental, Health & Safety Theft
Falsification of Accounts, Books or Records Unauthorited or Inappropriate Use of IEEE Assets
Gifts & Entertainment
AND, any other potential violation of the law, the IEEE Bylaws, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct or any IEEE Policy or procedure.

 Please be aware that the IEEE Ethics Reporting Line will only accept complaints regarding IEEE's business and activities. IEEE will not review or accept complaints regarding any other organization, including the employers of members. IEEE members seeking ethical assistance regarding their employers should seek their own counsel or consult their employers.

What is the difference between Confidentiality v. Anonymity? 

The IEEE Ethics Reporting Line ensures confidentiality and provides the best protection for the reporter. This is accomplished by making the report official rather than attempting to report without disclosing your identity. IEEE will protect a reporter’s identity as much as possible, however, it may need to be revealed as part of the legal obligations pertaining to the report. 


What happens if I file my report anonymously?

Should you choose to make your report anonymously, IEEE will make every effort to investigate the report to the fullest extent. Not knowing the reporter’s identity can make it harder to investigate the alleged misconduct, as IEEE may not be able to contact the reporter for more information, which could result in major information gaps. Anonymous reports rely on your cooperation. We may need to contact you through IEEE Ethics Reporting Line to request more information or get clarification. 

When you make your report, you’ll be given a case number and the opportunity to create a password specific to the report. You can then use the case number to log in and check the status of the report or address inquiries from the investigator. If a request for additional information is unanswered for more than 21 days, we will need to consider the case unsubstantiated due to incomplete information and close the report.   

Updated: 1 April 2021