Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Protocol-Office of the General Counsel - Carnegie Mellon University

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Protocol

Carnegie Mellon University expects all members of the University community to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards in all domains.  The University’s Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (the “Code”) reflects the University’s well-established policies and principles governing the behavior of all members of the University community when working for the University, and is intended to function as a useful summary of ethical principles and to emphasize the importance of observing these principles.  As such, the Code draws on the ethical and behavioral standards set forth in many separate University policies and principles, as well as applicable laws.

As stated in the Code, the University is subject to numerous laws and regulations that govern the various activities of the University as an employer, government contractor, institution of higher education, and entity operating overseas.  The University expects all members of the University community to familiarize themselves with the federal, state and local laws and regulations that apply to their activities and conduct themselves in compliance with such laws and regulations.  Noncompliance, even when inadvertent, can have severe consequences to the members involved and to the University, including civil liability, loss of funding, reputational harm, and in extreme cases criminal prosecution or sanctions. 

To assist members of the University community and further their understanding of laws applicable to University activity overseas, the Office of General Counsel has provided the following guidance on complying with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

Compliance with FCPA

FCPA Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Third Party Contracts

Reporting of Possible FCPA Violations