Dear Faculty and Staff,
As you know, the University of Oklahoma has enjoyed unprecedented growth in our clinical and research endeavors in recent years. OU’s strength in teaching and research is also helping to build the economic future of our state. Since 1994, research and sponsored programs expenditures at OU have more than doubled, and OU continues to set new records for funding for externally sponsored research. OU ended FY 2010 with total expenditures of more than $261 million. Over the past 16 years, the growth of OU’s research programs and student enrollment has precipitated an unprecedented $1.8 billion building boom, and the number of endowed faculty positions has increased from 100 to more than 540.
As we all know, however, we are working in an increasingly complex legal and economic environment and our continued growth increases the number of federal and state requirements with which we must comply. To promote the highest legal and ethical standards within the University to ensure that we meet or exceed the federal and state requirements, we have implemented a comprehensive, integrated Compliance and Quality Improvement Program that was adopted by the Board of Regents on January 30, 2002. The adoption of the program is a proactive step by the University to respond to the complex legal environment in the areas of (a) clinical billing and coding; (b) all types of research; and (c) environmental and radiation safety. The program is intended to promote legal and ethical behavior through education and training and prevent and detect weaknesses in our compliance systems.
The program sets forth Standards of Conduct, which are a non-exclusive compilation of guidelines regarding ethical and legal standards that all University employees are expected to follow when performing services for or on behalf of the University that are related to the areas covered by the program.
The success of the program depends on the cooperation of all University employees. All of us must take the initiative to review the standards, to develop an understanding of the obligations applicable to his or her job duties, and to actively participate in the compliance training programs that are offered. We must all do our part by reporting any suspected violations of the law or the program pursuant to the reporting mechanisms set forth in the program, which includes a 24-hour hotline. Anonymous messages regarding compliance issues can be left on the hotline by calling (405) 271-2223 or toll free 1- 866-836-3150.
Ethical conduct and compliance is the responsibility of all of us. It is important that we all participate. Your help is appreciated as we continue our remarkable success.
To help ensure this initiative's success, we are asking all full-time employees to read the program's guideline document called "Standards of Conduct." This one time requirement must be completed by all current full-time permanent employees. This information will take less than twenty minutes to review. Course and enrollment information can be found at http://onpoint.ou.edu. and then by clicking the "Library" tab.
If you have any questions about the content of the "Standards of Conduct," please contact Director, Office of Compliance by telephone at (405) 271-2511.