To support the University’s fundamental commitment to the highest standards of ethics, education, integrity, lawful conduct, and responsible citizenship by complying with all laws, regulations, and internal policies.

Columbia’s Commitment to Compliance and Ethics

Columbia University is committed to operating with integrity in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The University expects the highest standards of ethical conduct from the members of its community and is dedicated to upholding its reputation as one of the top academic and research institutions in the world.

Columbia expects members of the University community to inform the appropriate contacts if they have observed unethical, illegal, or suspicious activity. Those who have concerns about possible noncompliance with federal, state, or local laws and regulations or University policies are expected to report promptly. The University prohibits retaliation against individuals who report or seek guidance on possible ethical or compliance issues in good faith.

University Compliance Program

Columbia is committed to operating with integrity in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.  Throughout the University, there are many talented people and substantial resources dedicated to achieving this end.  The Office of University Compliance, within the Office of the General Counsel, coordinates Columbia’s numerous existing compliance efforts and provides senior leadership with a comprehensive view of the University’s compliance activities. The University Compliance Program consists of an Executive Compliance Committee, a University Compliance Committee, and a University Compliance Network with representatives from across the University.

Click here to view the University Compliance Program.

Office of University Compliance

The Office of University Compliance coordinates compliance efforts and assesses University-wide performance. The Office of University Compliance is led by the University Compliance Officer, Jeff Kestler. If you need additional information, please contact him at

Executive Compliance Committee (ECC)

This committee is comprised of Senior Administrators representing the key functions within the University.

  • Direct policy and set the “tone at the top”
  • Monitor progress in Key Compliance Areas
  • Review updates on compliance developments and best practices
  • Allocate appropriate resources for compliance areas

University Compliance Committee (UCC)

This committee is composed of key representatives from various organizations and functional areas within the University.  It is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Compliance Program throughout the University.

View a list of current UCC Members (PDF)


  • Support the coordination of compliance activities across the University
  • Identify Key Compliance Areas
  • Review updates on compliance developments and best practices
  • Monitor ongoing progress in Key Compliance Areas

University Compliance Network (UCN)

This network will be comprised of subject-matter experts from the major substantive compliance areas.  It is responsible for keeping the appropriate University constituencies informed of compliance issues and for updating the network on recent developments in their fields.

View a list of current UCN Members (PDF)


  • Serve as Subject Matter Experts on key compliance areas
  • Provide information on compliance activities for their area
  • Reinforce the concept of the University as a “Compliance Community”


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