About Us

The Compliance Office is the George Washington University's source for regulatory compliance and privacy information.  

Our goal is to encourage a culture of integrity and ethical behavior in the daily life of the GW community through teamwork, service and communication.

The Compliance Office focuses on the following six functional 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 compliance issues and report possible compliance violations.
  5. Training and communication.
  6. Tracking government and regulatory audits and reviews.

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

  • promote GW’s ethical principles
  • abide by federal, state and local laws
  • maintain university policies
  • address 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 "What Would George Do?" information sheet is another source of guidance regarding your role in GW's compliance and is available here electronically and in hard copy in the Compliance Office.

This document provides information that will help you to understand what a compliance issue is, how to make ethical choices, and who to contact for additional help.