Q: What is the institutional compliance and ethics program?
A: Board of Regents Policy 42.01, establishes a framework for an Institutional Compliance Program for UH. As a result, an Institutional Compliance and Ethics Program was established at UH. This program was established to develop processes and oversight to help ensure UH’s compliance with state laws and regulations, as well as UH and System policies.
Examples of external rules and regulations:
- Federal information security laws (FERPA, GLB, HIPAA, etc.)
- NCAA requirements for athletic programs
- IRS rules for filing tax returns
- State purchase and payment regulations
- Sponsor requirements on research grants
Q: How can I report suspected non-compliance with external rules and regulations?
A: Report suspected non-compliance in one of the following ways:
1. Notify your supervisor
2. Notify the Chief Compliance Officer (Susan Koch)
3. Use the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline
- Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline
- Reporters can remain anonymous
Q: Am I protected against retaliation if I report suspected fraud or compliance violations?
A: Yes. The Texas Whistleblower Act (Texas Govt Code, Chapter 554) protects employees from retaliation who report unlawful activity in good faith.
Q: What types of issues should NOT be reported through the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline or the other avenues for reporting fraud or compliance violations?
A: Examples include:
- Employee/supervisor disputes (call UH Human Resources at x35703)
- Affirmative Action/EEOC issues (call UH Affirmative Action at x38835)
- Violent crimes, breaking and entering, or burglary (call UH Police at x33333 or call 911)
- Medical emergencies (call UH Police at x33333 or call 911)
- Hazardous waste spills (call UH Environmental Health at x35858)
- Fire (call UH Police at x33333 or call 911)