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Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy


The GW community feels a sense of pride in helping change the course of history through what we've accomplished, what we'll achieve in the future and for what we stand for.  We also share a responsibility to support GW's mission and reputation by holding ourselves and other community members to the highest standards of ethical and lawful conduct in all our academic and business activities. 

We all must be aware of and follow the policies, standards, laws and regulations that apply to our activities, report concerns, and work together to resolve them.  We are responsible for our actions and our decisions, and accountable to further the university's mission. Our culture of integrity and ethical behavior in the daily life of our community is evidenced through abiding by our statement of ethical principles.

Together, we "Raise High!".






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Ethics and Compliance

All members of the community are responsible for maintaining a culture of ethics and compliance. Identified staff with specific operational compliance responsibilities are brought together to collaboratively ensure coordination of compliance activities across the institution. 

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University policies are created and maintained to encourage a culture of ethical, social, professional and legal behavior and responsibility. Policies serve to communicate GW's values and mission while protecting its people and reputation.

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Privacy at GW refers to the handling of the personal information we collect in the administration of the university. GW is committed to following best practices concerning data privacy and safeguarding the personal information of our community members.

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Enterprise Risk Management

The university's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program identifies the top risk areas across the institution, develops risk assessment frameworks, mitigation actions and management plans for each area.

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Internal Audit

Internal Audit serves as a consultative function to help the university anticipate and manage risk proactively. Internal Audit assesses the control environment and critical industry issues to identify an annual internal audit plan.

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Members of the university community are expected to report violations of ethical principles of conduct, laws, regulations or university policies. Reporting avenues that allow for anonymous reporting of possible ethical or compliance violations are available online or by the phone via EthicsPoint.  Other specific reporting avenues are also available depending on the nature of the concern.




GW has a culture of integrity and ethical behavior in the daily life of our community through respect, responsibility, accountability, stewardship, teamwork, and service.




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