The Catholic University of America

What is the University's Compliance and Ethics Program?

In support of its mission and core values, The Catholic University of America is committed to conducting its activities with the highest integrity and ethical standards, and in compliance with all applicable laws and University policies. However, because the legal and regulatory environment is so complex, it often can be difficult to determine the right course of action.  The Compliance and Ethics Program provides resources to use in our daily activities to help determine the right course of action and meet our ethical and legal obligations when acting on behalf of the University.  The Program, approved by the University's Board of Trustees, is administered by the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, who reports to the Office of the President and the Audit Committee of the University's Board of Trustees.

What resources are available to assist me?

1. Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer is available to answer policy questions, assist you in avoiding compliance risks, and help you meet your compliance responsibilities. If you have questions about following the ethical course of action or need guidance for a specific situation, contact Vin Lacovara, University Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, at tel. (202) 319-6170 or by e-mail at CUA-COMPLIANCE@CUA.EDU. A detailed description of the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer's responsibilities is available at http://compliance.cua.edu/governance/CPO.cfm.

2. Code of Conduct. The Code, approved by the Board of Trustees, is the foundation of the Compliance and Ethics Program.  The Code embodies senior management’s expectation that we all act ethically and in compliance with applicable laws and policies when acting on behalf of the University. All staff and faculty employees acknowledge that they will follow the Code when completing mandatory online Compliance Awareness Training. The Code is available at the following link: http://policies.cua.edu/employment/conduct.cfm.

3. University Policies. Policies provide guidance for specific activities and transactions so that we act in accordance with applicable laws, and in a way that supports the mission and core values of the University.  The policy website home page is http://policies.cua.edu/default.cfm

4. Compliance and Ethics Helpline. If you suspect a potential violation of law or University policy, report your concerns to your supervisor or to the University personnel responsible for your area of concern (see the Compliance Reporting Poster at compliance.cua.edu/res/docs/ReportingPosterFINAL.pdf.)  You also may reported directly to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer.  All good faith reports may be made free from fear of retribution per the University’s Non-Retaliation Policy, which is available on the policy website at http://policies.cua.edu/governance/nonretaliation.cfmIf you are uncomfortable using these normal administrative channels, use the Compliance and Ethics Helpline to report your concerns anonymously. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at tel. (855) 350-9396 or online at www.thecatholicuniversityofamerica.ethicspoint.com.

5. Online Reference Tools. The Compliance Partner websites and the Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse (CLIC) provide directories of laws and supporting materials organized by subject area and job title. Use these resources to identify the laws you and your department or unit are responsible for.  The Compliance Partner websites are available at the following web link: http://compliance.cua.edu/complianceindex.cfm.  The CLIC is available at the following we link: http://counsel.cua.edu/.    

6. Compliance Awareness Training. This mandatory training provides an introduction to common compliance risks, and provides greater detail regarding the resources listed here. The session is available at http://training.cua.edu/compliance/. Contact the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer if you wish to schedule an in-person training session tailored to the needs of your unit.  A full list of training offered by the Office of Human Resources is available at http://training.cua.edu/generaltraining.cfm.