All Princeton employees are responsible for maintaining high ethical standards in their work. They have a responsibility to understand, respect and follow federal, state, and local laws and, as appropriate to their jobs, to follow all applicable policies and procedures of the University. Compliance is not a new responsibility for any of us; it is central to how we all do our jobs.
- Have been the subject of recent litigation or major settlements in higher education.
- Have been identified as issues of interest by the federal government and other oversight agencies.
- Could be the basis for an allegation of criminal conduct, false statements, fraud or other misconduct.
- Involve significant dollar exposure or reputational risk.
- Building awareness of compliance issues by disseminating information.
- Educating managers about policies and procedures regarding compliance.
- Providing academic chairs or directors and their managers with “best practices” in terms of defining appropriate internal controls, developing customized reports for financial planning and reviewing the administrative organizational structure to assure departmental programs and research initiatives are well supported.
- Monitoring compliance issues campus-wide, identifying risk areas, and assigning priorities.
- Identifying and removing institutional barriers to compliance, such as policy gaps, lack of data or inadequate systems, lack of resources, organizational problems, or skewed incentives.
- Providing institutional oversight and support to administrative operations in academic departments.
As a manager, compliance means:
- Leading with conduct that is ethical and honest.
- Being proactive regarding the health and safety of others.
- Demonstrating understanding of, respect for, and adherence to rules and regulations.
- Ensure they understand principles of conduct as described in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities and the applicable policies and procedures necessary to conduct their work duties.
- Create an environment of trust that encourages all employees to make intelligent and responsible decisions.
- Set and maintain priorities.
- Identify and address problems.
- Take prudent risks.