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Spring 2015

Speak Up! We’re Listening.

2015 Speak Up CoasterOver 2,500, approximately one quarter of our workforce, responded to the Integrity and Compliance Culture Survey last month and had the opportunity to share feedback and ask questions about VCU’s culture. Below are some of the comments received and additional information on each topic.
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Choosing to be an influencer of a healthy culture leads to success

Lead by ExampleAn ethical culture is an element of an effective ethics and compliance program. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines for “Effective Compliance and Ethics Programs” states: “organizations are to be diligent in the promotion of an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law.”

Culture means attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization and ethical means principles of morality pertaining to concepts of right and wrong conduct. Success, for purposes of this article, means to achieve defined performance goals and the mission the right way. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on University Resources: Office for Institutional Equity (Soon to be Equity and Access Services!)

spotlightIn March 2015, VCU welcomed the new office director and Title IX Coordinator, Laura Walsh Rugless. The office is now a part of the Office of the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. Its mission is to lead and coordinate compliance with civil rights laws and policies for the university community. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethical Ezra Revisits Reporting Misconduct

Ezra Spring 2015

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Resources Available for Ethical Eva: The Virginia Center for Consensus Building

Eva Spring 2015

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Policy Highlights: Duty to Report

Have you heard

When I think of the Duty to Report Policy, I think of a responsibility to do what is right even when no one is watching. It is our duty to report valid issues and concerns that may be violations of laws, regulations, or university policies, including the Code of Conduct. Reporting good-faith concerns or suspected violations allows the university to uphold a civil and professional working, teaching, and learning environment. Remember, it is everyone’s Duty to Report! Check it out right here. Read the rest of this entry »

Compass Reading Corner

booksFor contribution to, and continuation of, a supportive and ethical culture.

The following list is not an endorsement of any author, book, idea, or official university statement but merely suggested books identified as potential interesting reads for anyone focusing on the power of people in the workplace.

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Policy Program Update

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The Integrity and Compliance Office can help you with your policy questions, assist you with policy development, and add your policy to the Policy Library. Audrey Michael, Senior Compliance and Policy Analyst, can be reached at or 828-3982.

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Kudos to the Following Employees

VCU Compass

Recognition Awards

VCU has long been committed to meeting the highest standards of service and professional integrity in all business operations. The following employees have been recognized by their colleagues through the Human Resources Recognition Award page for their contribution to a culture of ethics and compliance at VCU. Read the rest of this entry »