The University of Alaska celebrates National Compliance & Ethics Week November 6-12

November 4, 2022

The University of Alaska celebrates National Compliance & Ethics Week November 6-12, 2022 and will share plans to increase foundational compliance activity over the next year. Initial work will establish institutional structural compliance elements as directed by two key documents; the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs and the Federal Requirements of an Effective Compliance and Ethics Program (§8B2.1.). 

At UA there are many departments responsible for monitoring applicable laws to conduct compliant operations and to develop and maintain appropriate policies. Building on this, Mary Gower, Senior Institutional Compliance Liaison, is leading the foundational work that will aid the university community in better managing institutional compliance, risk, and awareness of the university, state and federal regulations and guidelines for which faculty and staff are individually and collectively responsible to follow. In a university setting, compliance is less about regulating individual behavior than it is about developing a compliance consciousness, understanding applicable regulatory requirements and ensuring that UA meets them. In simplest terms, the guiding principle of this institutional compliance program is to do the right thing. 

As part of Compliance & Ethics Week the university is launching an institutional compliance website and increasing overall compliance awareness, including that of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.  

On November 15, join us for an hour-long virtual training held jointly with our internal auditors. The training will emphasize conflict of interest, ethics, and internal controls in the higher education environment. Hold the date for November 15, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  And, to help make compliance a little more relevant to the everyday, “Compliance Chat” videos will be launched later this month covering frequently asked compliance questions and issues in quick, bite-sized clips.