Guided by UMB’s core values, the Office of Accountability and Compliance is committed to fostering a transparent culture within which members of the University community are encouraged and feel supported in taking responsibility for seeking guidance and assistance in addressing accountability and compliance concerns.

The Office Provides Compliance Education and Investigative Services

Areas of Responsibility

Other Office Responsibilities and Information

Office History

In June 2012, UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, created the Office of Accountability and charged it with building a Universitywide collaborative accountability framework that promotes and fosters a pervasive culture of accountability and transparency. Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, was appointed as the University’s first Chief Accountability Officer.

Vision Statement

The University community embraces and perceives accountability and compliance as an essential management activity that leads to organizational improvement.

CAO Biography

Roger Ward

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA

Chief Accountability Officer
Vice President, Operations and Planning

In June 2012, Dr. Ward was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s first chief accountability officer. Ward also is the University’s accreditation liaison officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Ward joined the University in March 2009 as associate vice president for academic affairs. In that role, he supported the former vice president for academic affairs in her role as chief academic affairs officer. Before joining UMB, Ward served as assistant vice president for student affairs at the New School in New York City and held senior administrative positions in the City University of New York system.

Ward holds an associate’s degree in data processing/computer programming from Kingsborough Community College, a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s in public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds a doctor of law degree from New York Law School and a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Policies and Reports

Our policies and procedures have been developed to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the University community.

For Faculty

Universitywide Policies

Clery Report



Middle States Self-Study

Every 10 years, UMB undergoes a reaffirmation of its accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The process is an opportunity to strengthen the University through a comprehensive evaluation.

View the website for the Middle States Self-Study

Other Professional Accreditations

UMB has a very active cycle and culture of accreditation. Each professional school is accredited by a specialty accrediting body. In some schools, accreditation also happens at the program level.

View the list of professional school accreditations here

Student Right to Know

The AVP of Student Financial Assistance and Education is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IV regulations. This section provides students with information and transparency regarding UMB's efforts in financial aid, Title IX compliance, Higher Education Reauthorization Act compliance, Student Health and Safety, Student Outcomes, and Student Complaints and Grievances.

Go To Student Right to Know

Student Complaint Information

UMB participates in federal student aid programs that are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Participating institutions must be legally authorized to operate with the state in which it is located.

Go To Student Complaint Information


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Recorded Q&A Session from July 17th, 2020
UMB Guidelines for Resuming Human Subjects Research

Q&A Session with Dr. Robert Rosenthal, Chair of UMB’s Institutional Review Board, and Dr. Julie Doherty, Director of the Human Research Protection Program. 

The session focused on providing information and answering questions related to UMB's Guidelines on Resuming Human Subject Research, including preparing for progression to Stage 1.  

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Letter Regarding Updates to Title IX Regulations

May 13, 2020 - A letter from Dr. Susan Buskirk, the University's Chief Accountability Officer concerning the updates to Title IX regulations going into effect on August 14, 2020.

The Department of Education has issued new regulations regarding Title IX
The Department of Education has issued new regulations regarding Title IX that go into effect on August 14, 2020.

A Summary of the Major Provisions of the Title IX Final Rules can be found on the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, website at  

Resuming Human Subjects Research, June 23, 2020 - Guidelines, Process, Checklists

The UMB COVID 19 Research Advisory Task Force was charged with developing guidance for restarting research considering the ongoing pandemic. This guidance provides a tiered, staged approach for resuming human subjects research activities, responding to the varied need for personal contact, physical space, and the ability to maintain personal and environmental safety precautions.

Resumption Plan - Guidelines

Resumption Plan - Process

Resumption Plan - Checklist

Resumption Plan - Assessment Questions