University to open new ethics, privacy office

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Mark Diaz, the chief financial officer and treasurer, announced Tuesday that the University will launch the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Feb. 1.

As the University zeros in on institutional culture issues, officials will create a new office to oversee data privacy and ethics.

Mark Diaz, the chief financial officer and treasurer, announced in an email to students Tuesday that the University will launch the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Feb. 1. Dorinda Tucker, the senior adviser to the executive vice president and treasurer and executive administrative manager, will take on the new role of assistant vice president for ethics and data privacy officer, the email states.

Diaz said the office will be “key” in the administration’s effort to change the culture at GW.

“This office will be at the forefront of data privacy amongst our peers with the creation of a formal data privacy officer role and will promote a culture of integrity and ethical behavior across the GW community,” he said in the email.

In her new role, Tucker will monitor the University’s compliance efforts, oversee enterprise risk management, manage GW’s conflict of interest procedures and head data privacy endeavors. The consulting firm Baker Tilly, which has overseen many of the University’s compliance efforts, will transfer its responsibilities to the new office by the end of January.

“I strongly believe that the OECP will be a key function facilitating and reinforcing the University‚Äôs efforts to ensure a culture of integrity with the highest standards of ethical behavior,” Diaz said in the email.

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