The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Compliance
The role and mission of the University’s Office of Compliance (OC) is to support the University’s commitment to doing business and educating students with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, lawful conduct, and responsible citizenship. The OC is fully aligned with the University's Mission, Vision, and Strategy. In particular, the OC supports the Strategic Goal: "To operate using effective, efficient and creative strategies." Effectiveness and efficiency are accomplished by wisely using available resources to ensure programs are in place to prevent violations of the law—both at the institution level as well as the subject-specific and department levels. When prevention is not possible, these programs use available resources to detect and correct violations.
The objective of these compliance and ethics programs is fourfold:
- to prevent injury to our students, Employees, and guests;
- to protect the University from litigation and fines;
- to prevent fraud and financial or data loss; and
- to safeguard the reputation of the University.
The primary goal of the OC is to coordinate the University’s numerous subject-specific compliance efforts and provide senior leadership with a comprehensive view of the University’s compliance activities. In addition, the OC aims to not only develop policies and procedures that help ensure compliance, but to help verify that these policies are documented, communicated, implemented, enforced, and monitored. The OC has the additional goal of maintaining a compliance program that will make the University a model for compliance not only in Texas, but nationwide.
The OC currently consists of an Executive Director, three staff members, and an informal network of compliance leaders (subject-matter experts) from across the University. As the OC continues to grow and mature, additional documents, tools, committees, and functions will be added to this website.
The Compliance Charter describes the mission, authority, independence, and principal responsibilities of the OC at the University. The charter was approved by the Institutional Executive Compliance Committee on May 27, 2020.