The importance of compliance and ethics in higher education and raising awareness of related issues is of paramount importance to The University of New Mexico. To that end, UNM joins other organizations across campus to celebrate Compliance Week Nov. 7-11.

During the week, UNM, in collaboration with the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC), will host daily events to spread awareness about compliance and ethics on campus. The theme for this year’s compliance week is “Advancing Ethics and Compliance,” which underscores the importance of Compliance Week at UNM.

Compliance Week promotes a campus-wide ethical culture and reminds the campus community that each of us has a stake to help ensure a healthy workplace. As part of the weeklong effort, participants will have multiple opportunities to learn, meet compliance partners, and share their thoughts on how ethical conduct looks to them.

“Ethics and Compliance week helps us focus on conducting UNM business in a manner that moves the Lobo community forward,” said Chief Compliance Officer Francie Cordova. “In the words of MLK, 'The time is always right, to do what is right.'”

A Compliance Week preview will be held on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3-4. A scavenger hunt starting at noon on Nov. 3 opens the preview. As part of the hunt, questions will be asked on partner websites. Individuals with correct answers will be put into a drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, Nov. 14.

Additionally, information will be featured on social media highlighting Compliance and Internal Audit (Nov. 3), and Athletics and the Policy Office (Nov. 4)

Compliance Week events begin in earnest on Monday, Nov. 7 with an open house at the Main Campus Research Compliance Office located at 1805 Sigma Chi Road, NE, Bldg. 185 from 9 to 1:30 p.m. The open house is an opportunity to meet the staff who ensure compliance with research laws including representatives from the offices of Conflict of Interest in Research (COI), UNM Institutional Review Board (IRB), Research Integrity, UNMHSC Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) and Compliance, Ethics & Equal Opportunity (CEEO).

Open House Schedule

  • 9 a.m. - Open House begins
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. - COI Presentation “How to Complete 2022-2023 Annual and Project Disclosures in Streamlyne”
  • 11:30 a.m. - Pizza
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m. - IRB Presentation “Streamlyne Tips and Tricks”
  • 1:30 p.m. - Open house ends

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the UNM Compliance, Ethics and Equal Opportunity (CEEO) office hosts a webcast seminar on compliance and ethics training presented by the Society of Corporate Compliance. The seminar, which will be held in the Dean of Students Conference Room from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include information about Title IX, data integrity, conflict of interest, and other important University compliance and ethics topics.

The UNM Compliance and Health Systems Compliance office will also host a variety of virtual compliance events throughout the week including a word puzzle on compliance topics, and various UNM Compliance partners on social media platforms. Highlighted areas and topics will include Clery information, data security, disability and hearing office, equal opportunity, emergency services, the Main Compliance office, and Title IX.

In addition, the UNM Office of Compliance, Ethics & Equal Opportunity will award its first-ever Advancing Compliance and Ethics (ACE) champions to UNM staff who advance compliance, ethics, and integrity and who make UNM a better place to work and learn. The award winners will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 10, and will be recognized and presented a plaque in a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 18. Additional details will be announced along with the winners.

The Office of Compliance, Ethics & Equal Opportunity is celebrating National Ethics and Compliance week from Nov. 7-11. As part of the celebration, CEEO is recognizing ACE (Advancing Compliance and Ethics) Champions 2022. ACE champions are those individuals that advance compliance and ethics at UNM and make UNM a better place to work and learn. The announcement will be made on Thursday, Nov. 10.

All 2022 initiatives will be published on the UNM Compliance, Ethics & Equal Opportunity website and the HSC Compliance website. The HSC site includes previous compliance week initiatives including President Garnett Stokes and Regent Doug Brown speaking on the importance of compliance and the significance of the week.

For more information about UNM’s compliance efforts, visit the UNM Compliance Office.