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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the University implementing a compliance program?

The University of Richmond is committed to operating as a model institution of higher education, sustaining a superb faculty and staff and administering the institution with the highest standards of innovation and professionalism.

Higher education is highly regulated with over 200 applicable laws. There are severe penalties for violations, including the possible loss of federal financial aid and disqualification from grant funding. An effective compliance program ensures that University resources are not redirected from the academic mission to fines, penalties, and litigation expenses.

What is the purpose of the Ethics and Compliance Helpline?

The Ethics and Compliance Helpline is a mechanism through which members of the University community can communicate concerns about possible violations of applicable laws or University policies in a confidential or anonymous manner.

How does the Ethics and Compliance Helpline work?

You may call 1-804-287-1800 or submit an online report

Who should use the Ethics and Compliance Helpline?

You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have regarding compliance with University policies or federal, state, or local laws or regulations with your supervisor, dean, a member of the University administration, or the University General Counsel. If you are not comfortable reporting your concern directly, you may report those concerns using the Ethics and Compliance Helpline. Such concerns can be raised anonymously and without any fear of retaliation.

Will I remain anonymous?

Yes, you may choose to remain anonymous. 

Can the report be tracked to me?

The Ethics and Compliance Helpline does not record calls and does not have caller ID capability. Reports filed online will not be traced to an IP address.

Can I be retaliated against if I report misconduct?

The University prohibits retaliation or retribution, in any form, against an individual who reports, in good faith, an actual, potential, or suspected issue regarding compliance with applicable laws or regulations or University policies. Anyone who engages in or attempts to engage in retaliation or retribution against an individual shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University. View the University's Policy Prohibiting Retaliation.