Report Fraud or Abuse

Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse of School District Property

Dayton Public Schools Fraud & Ethics Hotline:

Board Policy file EBCE states, The Board is concerned with the prevention of fraud, including the misuse and misappropriation of public money. The Board shall put forth its best efforts in prevention and correction of safety and fraud issues; however, there may be times when such violations may occur. Staff members who report these violations in good faith have the right to do so without any retaliation by the Board, District administrators or other staff members.

This Fraud and Ethics Hotline is intended to cover serious concerns that could have a significant impact on Dayton Public Schools. Such misconduct can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Accounting or business practice fraud.
  • Cheating or other attempts to manipulate student scores on state proficiency testing.
  • Dishonest or fraudulent acts that result in waste or loss of public funds.
  • Falsification, concealment or destruction of financial documents.
  • Misappropriation of funds, supplies, furniture, equipment, or other assets.
  • Irregularity in the handling or reporting of cash transactions.
  • Falsification of work hours reported.
  • Use of District facilities and/or equipment for personal gain.
  • A school fundraiser is conducted and the monies are not turned in to the school.
  • Bribery and corruption.
  • Conflict of Interest.
  • Violation of federal or state laws and regulations.
  • Violation of District Board policy or regulation.

An Internal Audit defines abuse, fraud and waste as:

  • “Abuse” means the excessive or improper use of something, or the employment of something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use; the intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of resources owned or operated by the locality; or extravagant or excessive use so as to abuse one’s position or authority.
  • “Fraud” means the intentional deception perpetrated by an individual or individuals, or an organization or organizations, either internal or external to a School(s), that could result in a tangible or intangible benefit to themselves, others, or the locality or could cause detriment to others or the locality. Fraud includes a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading statements, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive.
  • “Waste” means the intentional or unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use or squandering of resources owned or operated by the locality to the detriment or potential detriment of the locality. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs because of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.

To report fraud, please fill out and submit the online form below or call the Dayton Public Schools Fraud Hotline at 937.542.3255. Individuals will remain anonymous unless the individual elects to make his or her identity known. The information gathered will include the date the concern was received and a general description of the concern.

Fraud may also be reported to the Ohio Auditor of State’s office at: or by calling 1-866-FRAUD-OH.

How to report fraud or abuse