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Why is DePaul implementing a compliance program?
With DePaul's steadily increasing enrollment, the university faces new challenges in managing its growth. DePaul's board of trustees recognized the risk potential and identified the need for a system of checks and balances, where every employee is held accountable for his or her job responsibilities and actions.
One of the charges of DePaul University's Office of Institutional Compliance is ensuring that university funds are used appropriately. Instances of misconduct or fraud can cause a major impact on a university's finances, resources and reputation.
If you know of or suspect fraud or non-compliance at DePaul, contact the Office of Institutional Compliance at (312) 362-6880, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do other colleges and universities have similar programs?
More and more universities are realizing the positive impact a compliance program can have on their schools. Institutions are creating these programs to ensure that their employees are properly handling and protecting their financial resources, operations, strategies, community members and reputation.
How will this affect me?
The success of the compliance program requires involvement by all faculty and staff at DePaul. Throughout the year, employees will be asked to participate in training, quality assurance reviews and other activities designed to improve the university's business processes and legal compliance. All employees will also be asked to certify that they're in compliance with the university's standards.
Is this going to create more work for me?
No. The compliance program helps outline what is expected of a DePaul employee, and serves as a guideline for ways to effectively and successfully work at the university.
When did this program begin?
DePaul's Compliance program kicked off in the fall of 2003. Since then, different components of this ongoing compliance initiative have been developed. More information on training and deadlines is available by calling the department at (312) 362-6880.
What happens if someone is not in compliance?
Quality Assurance Reviews will be conducted in departments to determine whether or not they are in compliance. If they are not in compliance, members of the Compliance office can help provide a corrective plan and pull together resources to help the department become compliant.
How can I make sure that I am in compliance?
It depends on your specific role with the university. For example, if you have budget authority, you will need to attend a Management Standards Training session and certify that you are following the applicable policies and procedures. Compliance provides communication, training and other resources for all faculty and staff. All employees will have to complete the appropriate training, become familiar with its training materials and seek guidance from the Compliance department, if necessary.
How is a compliance program going to help me or DePaul?
DePaul's compliance initiative establishes effective internal controls, which helps safeguard the university's resources. For example, if an employee applies for a research grant, receives it, then properly uses the funding and adheres to the university's policies and procedures, there's a better chance that the employee, the department and the university will be able to receive further grants. Such efficient controls can also help protect employees who uphold the university's standards.