New training program aims to ensure UF faculty and staff follow the highest ethical standards

Published: July 12, 2018 8:45 am

The University of Florida is a complex environment regulated by a wide variety of entities. Ensuring every employee stays up-to-date on current laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures is of utmost importance and is critical to the university’s success. For this reason—and in keeping with the Board of Governors’ recent mandate—UF will introduce compliance training for all employees beginning this summer.

The new training was developed by UF’s system-wide Compliance Program, which was established in December 2017 to foster a culture in which the university’s expectations for employee behavior and departmental operations are clearly defined and followed. These expectations have their foundation in requirements established by the State of Florida’s Board of Governors as well as the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees. Elizabeth Ruszczyk serves as UF’s Chief Compliance Officer and oversees the program.

The training, called “Compliance: A Collaboration for Success,” will introduce the UF Compliance Program and review important provisions of the Florida Code of Ethics. It will also discuss the Compliance Hotline, UF’s non-retaliation policy and the responsibilities and reporting expectations of all UF employees. Once you complete the training, you will be able to print out a certification of completion if you would like one. The training will be available on Aug. 1 and will need to be completed by all faculty and staff no later than Oct. 15, 2018. Please be on the lookout for an email notification from myTraining about completing the course.

The UF Compliance Program is a point of coordination for all compliance activities and is working closely with core UF offices including General Counsel, Internal Audit, Environment Health & Safety, the Police Department, Human Resources and Research Compliance, in addition to multiple compliance partners representing departments across campus, as it rolls out the required training.

“The university’s mission is best served when its people and programs collaborate to maintain the highest ethical standards,” said Ruszczyk. “Higher education is highly regulated for important reasons. We have a responsibility to serve our students, Florida and our international community. I encourage you to actively participate in the Compliance Program, reach out to your leadership with questions and use my office as an additional resource.”

For more information or answers to your questions, reach out to the UF Compliance Office at (352) 294-8720 or UF-Compliance@ufl.edu.

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