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About Us

The Ethics and Compliance Office is responsible for the administration and oversight of the Ethics and Compliance Program (ECP), campus policy program, and delegations of authority. We mitigate institutional risk of adverse exposure by ensuring UC Merced employees have the knowledge and tools they need to make ethical and compliant decisions and know where to get information and support when dilemmas arise.

To accomplish this the Ethics and Compliance Office strives to:

  • Develop and administer policies, procedures and delegations of authority that facilitate compliance and accountability with laws, regulations, University of California policies, guidelines, ethical values and standards and the Standing Orders of the Regents of the University of California.
  • Safeguard University employees and property by providing tools, resources, training and communication needed to make ethical and compliant decisions and recommend accountability measures to management when appropriate.
  • Help improve University operations through identification, analysis, mitigation, monitoring and appropriate escalation of institutional risks; aid in development and implementation of corrective action and training where appropriate; and ensure that communication plans are put in place to continuously improve the ethics, compliance, risk and controls environment.

Viola Kinsman
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO)
Locally Designated Official (LDO)

Jody Gonzalez
Sr. Compliance Analyst
Policy Coordinator

Shue Xiong
Sr. Compliance Analyst
Delegations of Authority Coordinator