In University of Houston versus Stephen Barth, the Texas Supreme Court clarified that for someone to come under the protection fo the state Whistleblower Act, he must report a violation of the law to an appropriate law enforcement authority. This case involved a professor’s reports of alleged violations of university administrative policies to university officials. The Court held that internal administrative policy was not a “law” as defined by the Whistleblower Act because it was not adopted by statute or ordinance. The Court further held that the university officials were not appropriate law-enforcement authorities because they could not have investigated or prosecuted the crime.
The fact that Stephen Barth was a practicing attorney and served on the faculty senate was considere by the court in finding that he failed to meet the good faith test.