Ethics and Compliance

Program Charter

The College is committed to the highest levels of compliance and to an effective Ethics and Compliance program that helps maintain an ethical work environment. This is accomplished by promoting the prevention, detection and resolution of potential violations of law or College policies. The College’s Ethics and Compliance program is tailored to its academic, research, and community service goals, which are delivered within an ethical business environment.

Purpose and Goals
The OEC is charged with ensuring that Morehouse has a robust Ethics and Compliance program. The goals of this program are consistent with the criteria outlined in the U.S. Organizational Sentencing Guidelines (the “Federal Sentencing Guidelines”), Sarbanes-Oxley, and subsequent amendments.

The OEC is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the compliance program including appropriate oversight, monitoring and support of all compliance functions. In addition to being the spokesperson for the OEC program, the responsibilities of this office includes coordinating and supporting compliance auditing and monitoring, the coordination of departmental or academic compliance initiatives, internal monitoring and reporting support, and acting as an additional resource for raising compliance concerns. 

Additionally, the OEC supports a broad set of ethical business conduct principles that will reduce the prospect of criminal and other improper conduct. These standards are delivered in writing and through training to guide all employees, including faculty and staff about the specific regulations, policies and procedures that must be followed for compliance. The OEC program encourages adherence to institutional, business unit, and departmental procedures created to effect delivery of our services while operating within a compliant environment.

The College’s governance-level oversight responsibilities for the OEC program are assigned to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the Sr. Advisory Ethics and Compliance Committee, which is chaired by the General Counsel consists of a cross section of the Sr. Management team.

Further responsibility and accountability for compliance is delegated to the Ethics and Compliance Committee, which is a functional work committee consisting of representatives from business units and academic departments and is chaired by the Compliance Officer. 

Regular compliance reporting from the OEC has been established to assist the Board in meeting its governance and oversight responsibilities.