About Us

The Compliance, Risk and Privacy Office is the George Washington University's source for institutional compliance, risk and privacy information.  The office manages the university-wide Compliance and Ethics 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. 

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

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 responsibility is decentralized, the Compliance, Risk and Privacy office centrally develops, coordinates, implements and manages GW's Compliance and Ethics Program.  The office provides oversight and monitoring of departmental compliance operations with an eye toward leveraging data analytics and automation.  

The Compliance, Risk and Privacy Office focuses on the following areas:                                            

  1. Administering 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.
  2. Managing the university’s operational policies and the process to revise current policies as well as developing new policies to be responsive to changes in the business and regulatory environments affecting the university.
  3. Conducting annual assessments of the risks affecting significant areas of the university’s operations.
  4. Providing methods for members of the university community to confidentially raise ethical or compliance issues and report possible violations.
  5. Training and communication.
  6. Tracking government and regulatory audits and reviews.

We are part of GW's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer organization and work collaboratively with university partners to:

  • promote a culture of integrity and ethical behavior through GW’s ethical principles and values
  • abide by federal, state and local laws
  • maintain university policies
  • address compliance, risk and privacy matters

Schools, departments or initiatives and individuals in the GW community with regulatory compliance or privacy questions are encouraged to contact us.  We are available and eager to speak with you.

The "Ethics Matter' information sheet is guidance regarding your role in conducting GW's activities with the highest standards of conduct in mind and is available here electronically.  Posters are also posted throughout campus and available by contacting the Compliance, Risk and Privacy Office.

"Ethics Matter" provides information that will help you understand your responsibilities, find tools and support to help you make the right choices.