Special areas: Global activities compliance

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UW operates dozens of faculty-led programs sponsoring more than 2,000 students learning abroad in over 50 countries, as well as two European centers hosting long-term educational programs. It administers over $200 million in externally-funded programs conducted outside the U.S. each year. The Department of Global Health (DGH) has by far the most substantial international footprint of any UW unit, with programs in Peru, Uganda, India, and beyond.

In each foreign location where it operates, the University must ensure that applicable U.S. laws and regulations – as well as in-country laws – are followed. Administrative units must expand their knowledge and reach beyond domestic operations to manage and support foreign campuses, overseas research, student internships and work programs, partnerships with multinational corporations and foreign governments, service and other experiential learning, distance education, and international student recruitment.

Topic areas

The areas governed by federal, state and in-country laws and regulations include many of the same areas found in health and safety, research, financial, information and civil rights/employment compliance. Additional areas include student and exchange visitors, study abroad and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Process improvement

Thirteen projects were recently undertaken across the University in six major compliance areas. For global activities compliance, the projects were: 1) Clery in Foreign Locations and 2) Export Control. Project completion updates were presented to the Board of Regents in April 2018. The initial global activities assessment and project plan was presented to the Board of Regents in July 2016.