University Ethics :: Welcome

Educate. Collaborate. Feedforward.

The purpose of the University Ethics and Compliance Office is to encourage and promote ethical conduct and oversee compliance within A&M-Commerce. We seek to educate the campus community on risks, and strategies to mitigate those risks. We strive to partner collaboratively with all members of our university and to act as a resource in ethical problem solving. We aim to feedforward and provide input and strategies to shape future behaviors that align with the university’s core values.

System and university ethics and compliance responsibilities are defined in System Policy 16.01System Regulation 16.01.01University Procedure 16.01.01.R0.01 and in the Texas Education Code Section 51.971, Compliance Program.

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University Ethics:: vision

Our Vision

We strive to…

  • Seek Equality: Stop, prevent and remedy inequalities and wrong-doing
  • Provide Resources: Facilitate training, engage the campus community and respond to evolving needs
  • Promote Ethics: Encourage and empower individuals to “do the right thing”
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University Ethics:: Missions and Objectives

Our strategic Plan

Train, Educate, Engage

We will…

  • Be the touchpoint for both campus and community partners through our tangible brand awareness and relationship development.
  • Manage expectations by effectively communicating our role and services provided.

Cultivate and Support Ethical Behavior

We will…

  • Cultivate and support ethical behavior by being and providing resources to the campus.
  • Identify issues on campus while building partnerships with colleges, departments, divisions, students and the community.
  • Recognize/acknowledge individuals and department that demonstrate ethical and compliant actions.

Facilitate Solutions

We will…

  • Assist in fact finding to empower individuals to make ethical decisions that align with individual and institutional core values.
  • Support departments to ensure practices are efficient and compliant by offering proactive compliance solutions.

Evaluate Outcomes

We will…

  • Track metrics to measure trends, performance and results to find areas of needed improvement.
  • Strive for transparency and accountability with continued internal program assessments.
  • Solicit feedback from collaborating parties to assess and improve processes.

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University Ethics :: Committee

Ethics and Compliance Committee

The University Ethics and Compliance Committee (UECC) meets quarterly and is chaired by the Ethics and Compliance officer. The committee’s purpose is to develop a compliance plan concerning A&M-Commerce operations. The compliance plan, which is approved by the president and System Ethics and Compliance officer, recognizes how the university systematically addresses risks, identifies emerging risks and monitors the effective mitigation of risks identified. The Executive Ethics and Compliance Committee is responsible for executive-level oversight of the risks identified by the UECC.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.

Compliance Committee Members

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University Ethics:: Concerns


Got Concerns?

Occasionally, we receive inquiries regarding general grievance concerns. We ask that you reference the applicable university or system policy for guidance and direction in handling a specific concern. We highly recommend resolving concerns through the appropriate administrative channels whenever possible.

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University Ethics:: Rules and Procedures

Rules and Procedures

Development of Policies

University policies and procedures establish the rules of conduct within an organization, outlining the responsibilities of both employees and employers.

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University Ethics:: Training


Providing sessions

We provide interactive training on a regular basis to keep you up to date with new laws or regulations that will have an impact in your field.

L3 employee training seminar

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University Ethics:: Ombuds


Let us help.

The Faculty Ombuds Office was established to provide faculty with a prompt and professional way to resolve conflicts, disputes or complaints beyond turning to their supervisors.

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Univeristy Ethic:: Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse


Employees of the A&M System are required to report factual information suggestive of fraudulent, wasteful or abusive activities that may involve the System or any of its members. For further information, please reference 10.02 Fraud Prevention,10.02.01 Fraud Prevention, 07.01 Ethics

Texas A&M System Risk, Fraud and Misconduct Hotline

Texas State Auditor’s Office

A&M-Commerce Fraud Prevention Contact

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University Ethics :: Contacts and Resources

Contacts and Resources

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University Ethics :: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Office

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University Ethics :: Contact

Contact Us

  • Office of University Ethics and Compliance
  • McDowell Administration Building Room 259
  • Commerce, TX 75429
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