Compliance Matters

Updates from the Office of Compliance, Risk, and Ethics
September 2022

Compass and title Navigating Ethical Dilemmas

You're Invited!

The Navigating Ethical Dilemmas course series is now open to all employees. While the course is only required for administrators, gaining the skills and confidence to address ethical issues in the workplace is valuable for any employee—full- or part-time, faculty, or staff. Navigating Ethical Dilemmas is a competency-building class, delivered in three consecutive Zoom sessions. It examines ethical issues that crop up in the workplace and gives you the opportunity to practice techniques for addressing those issues.
Registration for the course is available in Workday. Because this is a cohort experience—with small discussion groups and conversations that build upon prior sessions’ content—please make sure you can commit to all three sessions listed for a particular cohort before you register (no substitutions or make-up classes).
  • Cohort 5 (Thursdays 9/15, 9/22, and 9/29  |  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
  • Cohort 6 (Tuesdays 9/20, 9/27, and 10/4  |  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Please contact the Compliance Office if you have any questions.
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When Must I Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect?

Immediately after forming a suspicion. Anyone who has reason to believe a minor (those under 18 years of age) has been subjected to abuse or neglect must make a report to government authorities. The Maryland Child Abuse, Neglect, and Mental Injury Law requires that all persons, including all Montgomery College employees, students, volunteers, visitors, and individuals or groups using College facilities for any purpose, report as soon as possible when they SUSPECT a child has been or is being maltreated. The reporting obligation is reinforced through the College Policy and Procedure 75005—Protection of Minors.
How to Report
If it is an ongoing emergency, dial 911. If not an emergency, report the incident to local law enforcement and/or Montgomery County Child Welfare Services. Make a report to the College only after any mandated reporting to authorities. If the abuse occurred on campus, a report must also be made to Public Safety. Once a report has been made, contact the College’s Youth Protection Coordinator Kristen Roe to memorialize the report and fulfill any additional obligations.
For more information on identifying and responding to child abuse and how to fulfill your duties as a mandated reporter, please check these resources or visit our Protection of Minors webpage. You can also complete our online training. Remember, the most important factor in reporting is to act promptly.
If you are unsure about whether or how to make a report, contact the Youth Protection Coordinator Kristen Roe at 240-567-4279.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Quote by Jim Rohn
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National Campus Safety Awareness Month

September marks the start of a full month of classes. September is also National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was unanimously approved by Congress in 2008 to encourage a public conversation on important topics in violence prevention at colleges and universities. The SHaW Center (Student Health and Wellness Center for Success) partners with Public Safety, Health, and Emergency Management to provide in-person experiences that are engaging and informative for NCSAM.
  • Germantown: Wednesday, September 14  |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  BE 151/152
  • Rockville: Thursday, September 15  |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  SV Lobby
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: Tuesday, September 20  |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  ST Atrium
We encourage you to participate and help promote NCSAM by sharing social media posts. Let’s foster a healthy and safe campus environment for everyone at MC! For more information, please contact Angela Dawson or Adam Reid.
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Compliance and Ethics Awareness Week

Engaging the MC community in the spiriti of compliance and ethics. Join us as we celebrate our virtual awareness week—November 7-11, 2022.
We look forward to your participation! Mark your calendar!
Report Phishing MC button. Do your part. #BeCyberSmart!

Phishing Is Not Going Away. Be Skeptical. Don't Get Phished.

A phishing email is an attempt by an individual or group to fool you into action. The intent is to convince you to divulge personal information, or your logon credentials. The method most often used is to masquerade as an official from the College or someone you trust.
The College and its users are under attack; mostly via email, but sometimes by telephone or text. As you receive messages from outside the College, stop and think before you open the e-mail and, certainly, before you click on any link. Trust your instincts and report suspicious emails using the Report Phishing button. Even when the message claims to come from a College e-mail address, do the same.
Don’t be a victim. It only takes one. One user falling for a phishing scam can create problems for every single user at the College – whether student, staff, or faculty. Take the following steps to protect yourself and the College:
  • Take time to read an email in full before you respond or take action.
  • Be skeptical and professional about email.
  • Don’t let yourself be pushed into an action.
  • Report, using your reporting button in Outlook, or forward any email that gives you the slightest pause to – and pause often. On mobile devices, be particularly vigilant.
Do not hesitate to ask IT Security if an email is legitimate. The College will hold a phishing exercise during the month of October—Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Look for it and report it. Be Skeptical. Don’t Get Phished.
Annual Report

Compliance Program Annual Report

The Compliance Program Annual Report for 2020-21 is now available. Check out the Office of Compliance, Risk, and Ethics accomplishments and upcoming plans.
Report a concern via EthicsPoint
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