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Preventing Loss of Academic Research

In 2015 the Federal Bureau of Investigation Strategic Partnership Unit published the Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Intelligence Note (SPIN) titled “Preventing Loss of Academic Research.” We have included that material in this edition of the IntegrityStar, obtained from the website of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to assist our faculty and staff members with identifying threats to theft of their works and tips on how to prevent those threats.

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Disclosing Financial Interests and Outside Activities with International Partners

by Ashley Guritza, Associate Director of the Office of Export Controls Compliance

International activities and partnerships are a valued and key part of the academic experience. UCF is committed to adhering to federal and state laws and regulations related to the disclosure of financial interests and outside activities with international partners. The purpose of this article is to provide some additional background related to these disclosure requirements, highlight the reporting requirements, and identify ongoing UCF efforts to better assist employees in meeting these reporting requirements.

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Youth Protection Program – New Squire Registration System

Activities or programs subject to the Youth Protection Policy are now required to register with University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk using the new Squire registration system. Click the READ MORE button to learn about the new system and the Youth Protection Program requirements.

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Case Corner

Each edition of the IntegrityStar will now feature an actual investigation conducted by the investigative offices here at UCF (note, however, all names will be changed in an effort to provide confidentiality of the parties involved). In this edition, we turn our focus to a case that was investigated jointly by University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk, University Audit, and the Office of Export Controls Compliance.

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A message fromRhonda L. Bishop

In February of last year, I was asked to appear before the Florida House of Representatives Select Committee on the Integrity of Research Institutions to provide an overview of UCF’s program for identifying and addressing risks associated with foreign influence. The second article of this edition provides clarification on the required outside activities and financial interests that must be disclosed with corresponding questions and answers provided in the FAQs section. A new “Case Corner” section has been added to the IntegrityStar featuring actual investigations conducted by one of the investigative offices at UCF. The names of the parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of those individuals. We’ve also made changes to our Youth Protection Program with the launch of a new online registration database, Squire. You can read more about Squire in the third article.

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In the Spotlight Audit Unlocked

by Tina Maier, CPA, CFE, CIG, Associate Director University Audit

If you recall in the last edition of the IntegrityStar, Audit Unlocked featured questions to ask yourself that focused on approving vendor invoices. This edition continues with Part 2, sharing some questions to ask yourself before approving procurement card (Pcard) purchases. Then stay tuned for Part 3 in the next edition that will highlight questions for travel reimbursements.

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Recognition Recognition

In this Recognition section, we’d like to acknowledge one of our college partners for their commitment to the university’s process for evaluating and investigating concerns raised through the UCF IntegrityLine.

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New Policies New Policies

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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