Administrators, faculty, staff and students who work on behalf of the University assume responsibility for conducting their assignments within the law and in maintaining the highest ethical standards. "Compliance" refers to adherence to, or the following of, laws, rules, policies, and any other requirements that apply to a set of job duties. While employees are not responsible for knowing all the laws and policies that pertain to the University, they are responsible for those that relate to their immediate job duties.
In response to continuing scrutiny from government regulators and an increasingly complex statutory and regulatory environment, in 2006 the president established an Office of University Compliance with the directive to build an effective University compliance program. Compliance Assistance is a central office intended to foster and support the University's commitment to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, to assist in detecting and correcting compliance violations promptly and to aid in eliminating misconduct and other wrongdoing, whether intentional or unintentional.
The University is committed to conducting business consistent with applicable laws and regulations and to promoting high standards for ethical conduct. To achieve this objective, the Office of Compliance follows the guidelines established by the United States Federal Sentencing Commission that clearly outline seven (7) components for establishing an effective compliance program. The key components are as follows:
It is the commitment of the Office of Compliance to serve, safeguard, and promote ethical practices at the University by:
Working to ensure the University's policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws are followed, Compliance engages in activities such as annual risk assessments, monitoring of highly-regulated operational activities, and providing and participating in compliance training.