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Week 4 Discussion:

Respond to the specific questions posed in the discussion.

Be sure to base your initial post and responses on course materials, and use 7th ed. APA citations in every post.

Write clearly and proofread; errors can lose you points.

Quality of posts, citations, frequency, and timeliness of posts all factor into your discussion grade. See the Participation Grading Rubric for details.

Discussion Instructions

Please refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric and the module for details regarding how your performance will be assessed. NOTE: Please be certain to read the entire discussion assignment since in some cases there is more than one question to discuss, respond to, or address. Be sure that you have answered the entire question!

Initial Post

This posting should answer the requirements using the course materials from the week’s reading (not external source material) to support the ideas presented. If you are uncertain as to how to support the ideas presented, go to Content and view the module, Learn How to Support What You Write.

It is important to write concisely, provide the chapter title, chapter heading. Include in-text citations and a reference in a reference list. To see how to cite the eBook, go to Content and view the module, Learn to Use APA. The citation and reference information is on the right-side of the screen.

For Discussion

Part of this week’s reading focused on Whistle Blowers. Visit the Government Accountability Project (GAP) at


. What is the mission of the Government Accountability Project and how is it funded? What are some of the assistance programs available through GAP for someone who may be ready to be a whistle-blower?

Now take time to visit the National Whistleblower Center at


(Notice the VERY small difference in the two websites). Using the interactive map, select one country and summarize the whistle-blowing activity in that country. Now Identify the whistle-blower protections in effect in your home state (Alaska). You should have noticed by now the two websites are separated by one letter: Summarize their differences, and propose which one offers the greatest assistance to a potential whistle-blower.

Based on this week’s reading, what are some of the protections afforded to whistleblowers? What Acts and government organizations protect whistleblowers and why is this relevant to the protection of this program.

Theme 3: Whistleblowing (More reading to use for the discussion)

5 famous whistleblowers who risked everything

Our Successful Whistleblower Cases


Self-plagiarism is the act of reusing significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of one’s own work. You cannot re-use any portion of a paper or other graded work that was submitted to another class even if you are retaking this course. You also will not reuse any portion of previously submitted work in this class. A zero will be assigned to the assignment if self-plagiarized. Faculty do not have the discretion to accept self-plagiarized work.

Grading Rubrics:


Initial Responses

Thoroughly uses required course materials and research/scenario (if required) to post discussion response that correctly answers the discussion question(s), and demonstrates strong connections between the weekly concept(s) and research/scenario explaining the ‘why and how’ and includes examples, application, etc.


Contributes to discussion with clear and concise comments that are style appropriate, rich in vocabulary and excellent use of grammar, punctuation & few spelling errors.


Excellent use of APA. In-text citations are correctly used when source materials are used. Reference list matches in-text citations, few errors are present.

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