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Excellence through Integrity
At Georgetown University, we strive for excellence. We understand though, that doing things the right way is vitally important and believe that true excellence is reached only through means that adhere to the highest standards of integrity.
All members of the Georgetown University community are responsible for helping to create and maintain an environment characterized by high standards of ethical behavior and compliance with law and University policies. The University is subject to a wide range of laws, regulations and policies that govern its various activities; honest, informed and responsible conduct by faculty, staff and students can help the University avoid most compliance problems.
The Office of Compliance and Ethics (OCE) helps to support and coordinate the many compliance-related activities the University undertakes. OCE, with the endorsement and assistance of the University's senior leadership, is responsible for leading the development, implementation and operation of the Georgetown Institutional Compliance and Ethics Program.
The fundamental notions of integrity and ethical behavior upon which the Compliance and Ethics Program is built are set forth in the University's Code of Ethical Conduct. The Code is a statement of shared principles and expectations for the conduct of University activities and provides helpful links to relevant University policies and other resources.
At Georgetown, Compliance Involves Everyone
If you are a University employee, faculty member or student and someone asks you where you work, teach or study, you are probably proud to say "Georgetown University." That pride comes from being part of an institution whose reputation for integrity and excellence in a wide range of endeavors is well-known. It is incumbent upon all members of the University community to help to ensure that Georgetown's reputation continues to be well-deserved. Faculty, administrators, staff and students alike must strive to conduct themselves appropriately and should raise questions when they face a dilemma or are uncertain about the proper course.
The University provides a number of resources, including the Office of Compliance and Ethics, from which those with compliance-related questions may receive guidance. The University relies on all members of its community to raise questions and to report compliance concerns and provides protection against retaliation for those who perform this service to the University. The University has developed Compliance Accountability Charts to provide information about where to go to with concerns or questions about various compliance areas or for information about those areas. For those for whom regular reporting channels are uncomfortable or inappropriate or who wish to make an anonymous report, the University provides the Compliance Helpline, which is operated by EthicsPoint.