Speak Up for Safety: A Compliance Case Study

The People:  Ashish, Javon and Madison – Members of a team that review documentation to verify that safety inspections are taking place and are conducted correctly Julia – Their supervisor Charles – A building access technician in the Technology Services department Diane – Another building access technician in the Technology Services department The Setting: An […]

What’s So Great About a Speak-up Culture?

Compliance Corner – Issue 1.4 With all the talk about creating a speak-up culture within the workplace, you may be asking yourself, “What’s so great about a speak-up culture?” And, given the position you hold within the university, you may have a different perspective than some of your fellow employees. For example, let’s say that […]

Making the Call: A Compliance Case Study

This month’s Compliance Case Study is a follow-up to last month’s post. When we last left Ayana, she had decided to call the VCUHelpline to report her supervisor’s behavior. Let’s listen in on the call to see what happened: The People:  Ayana – An employee in a department at the university Call Center Agent – […]

Anonymous and Confidential: Not the same thing

Compliance Corner – Issue 1.3 Anonymity is a pretty hot topic right now. If you don’t believe me, just Google it. You’ll find everything from academics debating why there has been a recent surge in anonymity on the Internet to a list of the “anonymity because” reasons people give to reporters of news agencies when […]

To speak up or not to speak up – that is the question!

Compliance Corner – Issue 1.2 If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve either witnessed – or experienced –  something in the workplace that has caused you to question whether it was legal, safe, or ethical. And, again, if you’re like most people, you may have considered telling someone about it. Did you? Believe it […]

Fear and Loathing in the Workplace: A Compliance Case Study

The People:  Ayana – An employee in a department at the university Carlos – Her teammate Dr. Curry – Their supervisor and department head The Setting: An office in a department at the university The Event: As Ayana opened the door to walk into the office, she wondered what the day would be like. She […]

You Can’t Say That!

Compliance Corner – Issue 1.1 Now that spring has sprung, hiring season is underway. But, before you start the interviews, as keen as you are to converse with this cohort of candidates, you might want to brush up on the basics. And by “the basics,” we mean you need to look beyond the resumes and […]

Keep it Confidential: A Compliance Case Study

The People:  Michael, just promoted to manager at the university Dr. Greene, Michael’s supervisor The Setting: Michael and Dr. Greene are about to begin their first 1- on-1 meeting via Zoom.   The Event: A few minutes before the meeting, Michael logged into Zoom. Dr. Greene soon joined him. “Good morning! Congratulations on your first day […]