The Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy manages the university-wide Ethics and Compliance Program, which includes the related areas of risk and privacy, in a continuously evolving business and regulatory environment in order to promote ethical behavior and compliance with laws, regulations and university policies.
As members of the university community, we are individually responsible for compliance with laws, regulations and policies that apply to our substantive areas of responsibility. At an institutional level, the university has compliance obligations in addition to ensuring that individual obligations are met. While substantive compliance responsibility is decentralized, the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy centrally develops, coordinates, implements and manages GW's Ethics and Compliance Program. The office provides oversight and monitoring of departmental compliance operations with an eye toward leveraging data analytics and automation.
The Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy is overseen by GW's senior management team and the Committee on Audit and Compliance of the Board of Trustees. The Ethics and Compliance program meets the standards set out in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and is comprised of these essential elements and key responsibilities:
- Administers the university’s annual conflict of interest and disclosure process in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs;
- Conducts policy management through a collaborative approach for periodic reviews of policies as well as working with university departments in developing new policies to be responsive to changes in the business and regulatory environments affecting the university;
- Leads a risk-based approach to assess and prioritize GW's top emerging, strategic and operational risks and mitigation actions through management of an Enterprise Risk Management program;
- Gathers and reports on compliance monitoring activities conducted by university departments;
- Oversees data privacy compliance and manages data protection for the university;
- Provides methods for members of the university community to confidentially raise ethical or compliance issues or report possible violations; facilitates investigations and resolutions;
- Provides compliance-related training, education and communications.
We are part of GW's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer organization and work collaboratively with university partners through the facilitation and participation in several cross-institutional committees:
- Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee
- Policy Advisory Committee
- Conflicts Committee
Schools, departments or initiatives and individuals in the GW community with ethical, compliance or privacy questions are encouraged to contact us. We are available and eager to speak with you.