By Vin Lacovara, CUA Compliance and Privacy Officer
Ethics and integrity are the foundation of our mission at The Catholic University of America and they are necessary to our success. Individually and collectively we are accountable for understanding and complying with the laws and policies related to our work. To educate you about regulatory risks in common University activities and the resources in place to help you avoid those risks, the University has implemented mandatory online Compliance Awareness Training. The training is part of the University-wide Compliance and Ethics Program and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Every employee must complete the online training by March 1, 2013, and every other year thereafter.
Another key element for meeting our compliance responsibilities are University policies. All members of the University community should be aware of the recently revised Conflict of Interest Policy for Staff and Faculty. This policy describes common conflict of interest situations, sets forth University expectations regarding the avoidance of conflicts, and describes the mandatory processes for disclosing potential conflicts. University researchers should also be aware of the revised Conflict of Interest Policy – Externally-Funded Research, which incorporates revised mandatory disclosure requirements for financial interests when applying for external research funding. All members of the University community should be familiar with the Reporting Financial Irregularities Policy and the Non-Retaliation Policy, both of which encourage prompt reporting of fraud and other potential wrongdoing, and prohibit retaliation against those who make good-faith reports of potential wrongdoing.
If you have questions about Compliance Awareness Training, University policies, or about determining the right course of action, please contact me at 202-319-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.