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Building Upon Our Ethical Culture: A Message From Interim President Thad Seymour Jr.

During my business career prior to becoming UCF’s interim president, many of the companies I worked for had a common philosophy: we don’t build our reputation, our customers do.

Our customers came to a sense of who we were and what we valued by their own experience with us, and they shared that opinion, good or bad, with others.

The reputation of a university is similar. Each experience students, employees, partners, and the community have with us, good and bad, forms an impression. An error in judgment or a mistake, even if it was made just once, can irreparably damage the reputation of the university and its employees.

As Warren Buffett succinctly put it, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Organizations that maintain strong reputations foster an ethical culture.

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International Compliance Considerations – Export Controls

Purpose of Export Controls

U.S. Export Controls regulate the distribution by any means (i.e., research) of strategically important “things” because of U.S. foreign policy, national security, nonproliferation, economic interests and international obligations. The original intent of export controls was to regulate technologies present in industry, not academia; however, the expansive “research drift” of industrial research and development conducted at universities requires monitoring of compliance.

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Who are Ombuds?

It’s a profession that has been around for centuries but remains relatively unknown. According to the International Ombudsman Association, “Ombuds work in and with all types of institutions, including governments, colleges and universities, corporations, nonprofits, hospitals, and news organizations. As an informal channel through which constituents (employees, students, faculty, public citizens, specific populations, etc.) can discuss and surface problems. Ombuds programs provide a safe place to address issues without fear of retaliation. This in turn enhances governance, ethics, and risk management strategies, contributing to the overall well-being of public and private organizations, government, and the public.

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A message fromRhonda L. Bishop

This university is an outstanding institution made up of dedicated and loyal employees who demonstrate integrity and a desire to do the right thing. Despite what we’ve read in the news in the past, or what we’ve heard others say, I believe we have a culture based on integrity and doing the right thing.

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In the Spotlight Audit Unlocked

University Audit shares some fraud scenarios based on true cases involving timecard fraud at UCF, and offers suggestions to avoid this kind of misconduct.

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Recognition Recognition

In this Recognition section, we’d like to acknowledge two UCF employees – Cynthia Pugsley and Meghan McCollum.

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New Policies New or Updated UCF Policies and Regulations



Read about the new or updated UCF policies and regulations that were recently approved.

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In each IntegrityStar edition, we highlight some frequently asked questions.

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In Our Next Edition In Our Next Edition

Our thirteenth edition will be out in the spring of 2020.

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