All members of the university are responsible for supporting GW’s mission by holding themselves and the community to the highest standards of ethical conduct and complying with laws, regulations, and university policies. Staff throughout the university have operational compliance responsibilities that are specific to their area. As governed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Chapter 8 and Department of Justice Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Risk (OECR) has oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the operational compliance units to ensure compliance program effectiveness and risk mitigation in consideration of legal and regulatory requirements and compliance best practices. OECR also provides other institutional risk-based assurance services through oversight of university policies, ethics and non-compliance reporting hotline, the university’s ethics program, internal audit, and enterprise risk management. A dotted line exists between OECR and the Board of Trustee’s Committee on Audit and Compliance in support of fulfilling their governance oversight responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.