The Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy (OECP) manages the university-wide Ethics and Compliance Program which promotes ethical behavior and compliance with laws, regulations and university policies. OECP has five core areas of responsibility which includes ethics and compliance, policies, privacy, enterprise risk management, and internal audit.
All members of the university community are individually responsible for compliance with laws, regulations and policies. Further university staff are responsible for compliance efforts that are specific to their operational area. OECP works to support and monitor unit-specific compliance with an eye toward regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, efficiency and automation, and coordination of cross-institutional compliance efforts.
While OECP is directly supervised by the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the office provides reports to 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 the DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs and is comprised of these essential elements and key responsibilities:
- Oversees the University Compliance Network which brings together operational owners of compliance functions to collaboratively work to ensure coordination of compliance activities across the institution and instate topic-specific working groups for cross-compliance matters as needed;
- Administers the university’s annual conflict of interest and disclosure process in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President for Research;
- 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 advises on data protection for the university;
- Oversees the university’s Ethics Matter campaign and provides methods for members of the university community to confidentially raise ethical or compliance issues or report possible violations; leads or facilitates investigations and resolutions;
- Provides compliance-related training, education and communications.
Members of the GW community with ethical or compliance related questions are encouraged to contact us. We are available and eager to speak with you.