Letter from the President
Dear UHD Faculty and Staff,
Compliance is the personal responsibility of every employee
of the University of Houston-Downtown. Our mission, as a public urban university committed to providing quality academic programs, places each individual member of our faculty and staff in a position of public trust. In an environment of ever increasing federal and state regulations, it is important that each one of us fulfills that trust by performing our job responsibilities:
- In accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies,
- With the very highest standards of ethics and integrity, and
- In a manner that avoids even the appearance of impropriety.
The Employee Compliance and Ethics Guide is part of the Institutional Compliance Program and has been developed as a tool to help us meet the challenges that face the University. While most employees are aware of compliance standards and are sensitive to these issues, I believe that this guide will give you a better understanding of your ethical and legal obligations by providing you with information and resources about appropriate conduct in the workplace.
I encourage you to use this Employee Compliance and Ethics Guide to make decisions about ethical issues that may arise in the workplace. If you encounter a situation you question or you believe violates laws, rules, regulations or policies, I encourage you to consult your supervisor or contact UHD's Compliance Officer, Stefany Records at 713-221-8636. Alternatively, the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline provides you with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anonymous inquiry or reporting option. You can either:
Your partnership in maintaining a high personal and professional standard in the workplace is not only important, but is also critical to the success of both the Compliance Program and the overall mission of UHD.
Thank you for your participation in this program and for all you do for the University of Houston–Downtown.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, President