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Coastal Carolina University Compliance Initiative

A comprehensive university compliance program is one that integrates and coordinates all significant requirements with which the institution must comply by law, regulation, or other binding rule or agreement. Comprehensive organizational compliance programs are common in highly regulated industries, and are increasingly present in higher education.

Coastal Carolina University has programs, policies and protocols in place that have evolved in a number of specific compliance areas (e.g., Asset Management, Athletics/NCAA, Campus Security, Disability/Accessibility Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Grants Administration, Information Privacy and Security, Procurement, Records Retention). Following review of compliance programs at a number of other universities, Coastal Carolina University has adopted a matrix model that connects the individual components, coordinates their operations, and represents the University’s institutional perspective, but at the same time avoids the creation of a new bureaucracy. The goal of the “matrix” framework is to enhance compliance primarily through the actions of a decentralized matrix of University offices and officers, coordinated and assisted by a small central compliance function with a reporting relationship to the University President. University Compliance offers a single point of contact to provide the tools, guidance and oversight needed to adhere to all necessary regulatory and legal requirements.

The goals of the Compliance Initiative include:

  • Coordinating the University’s compliance assurance activities (laws, regulations, contractual requirements);
  • Ensuring the institutional perspective is always present while providing oversight for accountability; and
  • Assessing existing programs against the characteristics of an ideal compliance program, and improving the Compliance Matrix as necessary.