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BYU creates new integrity and compliance office

Brigham Young University has created a new Integrity and Compliance Office (ICO) to oversee the university’s compliance and ethics program, administer its confidential compliance hotline and manage the university policymaking process.

The ICO will be housed in the Abraham O. Smoot Administration Building and will focus on promoting a campus culture that encourages individuals to act with integrity and follow both the law and university policy.

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell will direct the new office as the university’s Chief Integrity and Compliance Officer. She will be the first full-time compliance officer for BYU.

“The name for our office was carefully chosen,” Campbell said. “Placing the word ‘integrity’ first is intentional and a reminder that at BYU, we aspire to something more than meeting minimum requirements — we care about character development and helping each other become our best selves. Compliance with a standard can be achieved begrudgingly but integrity is an attitude and a condition of the heart that leads people to do the right thing for the right reason — fostering development of a culture at BYU that is based on our shared values.”

The goal of the new office is to help ensure that the university complies with applicable laws and standards and to help prevent illegal or unethical behavior that would compromise BYU’s institutional integrity. The office will be a resource for compliance information, a clearinghouse for policy development, a partner in campus-wide communication and training efforts and a support for university leaders and those responsible for daily compliance activities.

BYU has had a formal compliance program since 2005, but has never had a standalone compliance office until now — the function was previously combined with Internal Audit Services and then Risk Management & Safety. The ICO will build on and improve the existing program, which is based on industry standards for effective compliance and ethics programs. BYU’s compliance program is organized around twenty-four specific compliance areas, which together form a matrix for systematically approaching and addressing applicable compliance requirements.

a graphic depicting the facets of the Effective Compliance Program.

Prior to this position, Campbell worked for seven years within BYU’s Office of the General Counsel, providing legal support to the compliance functions at BYU.

A BYU alumna who majored in public relations, Campbell also received her Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Before working at BYU, Campbell was an attorney at the Salt Lake City–based law firm of Clyde Snow & Sessions.

Information about the Integrity and Compliance Office and a variety of resources are available to the campus community at compliance.byu.edu.

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