About Us

Mission Statement

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, Compliance Officer

To promote and support a culture at The University of Texas at Dallas that builds compliance and ethics consciousness into the daily activities of the University and encourages all employees to conduct University business with the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Institutional Compliance Program

The University of Texas at Dallas Institutional Compliance Program is intended to demonstrate in the clearest possible terms the commitment of UT Dallas to the highest ethical standards and compliance with all applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations. The Program direction is provided by a system-wide, executive-level Compliance Committee representing all major compliance areas. The UT System Compliance Officer is responsible for the execution of the program. Each UT System component institution has a compliance officer and a Compliance Committee. At UT Dallas, the compliance officer is Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, executive vice president. Please visit the Executive Compliance Committee page for a list of current members.

History of the Program

In the 1990s, the federal government created sentencing guidelines for organizations found guilty of offenses. One section of these Guidelines outlines how organizations can reduce the severity of sentences by implementing effective compliance and ethics programs.  The Guidelines list seven essential requirements of an effective compliance program.  For more information please visit, Seven Elements of an Effective Compliance Program.

To address the need for compliance and ethics programs in the UT System, in April 1998, the UT System Board of Regents approved the Action Plan to Ensure Institutional Compliance PDF, which created the institutional compliance program at UT Dallas.

The 2003 Action Plan to Enhance Institutional Compliance PDF is an updated version of the original 1998 Action Plan to Ensure Institutional Compliance.

The official policy governing the Institutional Compliance Program is The University of Texas System Systemwide Policy UTS 119.