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

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Susan C. Buskirk, DM, MS, CCEP

Vice President, Chief Accountability Officer
Institutional Official for Human Subject Research

Dr. Buskirk was promoted to University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) vice president, chief accountability officer, and institutional official for human subjects research in June 2020, after serving as deputy accountability officer since 2014. She also is the vice chair of the UMB President’s Council for Women, co-chaired the President’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment, and is a founding member of the UMBrella Group, which works to support the success of women at the University. 

Dr. Buskirk oversees UMB’s Office of Accountability and Compliance (OAC), which, guided by the University’s core values, seeks to foster a transparent culture that promotes accountability and compliance across the organization. OAC also is the home to programs that range from Title IX to research integrity.

Before transitioning to OAC, Dr. Buskirk developed and coordinated a multidisciplinary, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)-accredited program for the protection of individuals who participate in research studies, which consists of independent ethical protocol review, education and training of personnel, and oversight of clinical research in the form of monitoring and auditing clinical research studies.

She also is a site visitor for AAHRPP and a former member of the organization’s Council on Accreditation.

Dr. Buskirk has been instrumental in providing international outreach regarding education and training in human research protection. She holds a doctorate in management, a master’s in biotechnology, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and is a certified compliance and ethics professional through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

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.

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UMMS Town Hall - Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine

January 2021, University of Maryland Medical System Holding COVID-19 Webinar on January 18th, 11-12 pm: Finding Hope on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A Town Hall on Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated - Resource Guide for Students on Sexual Misconduct
December 2020 - UMB's Resource Guide for Students on Sexual Misconduct has been updated and posted to the Title IX Resources and References page.

This resource contains information and definitions from UMB’s policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct, as well as information about on-campus and off-campus resources available to UMB students. This brochure also includes risk reduction information, general information and recommendations about what to do in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, and UMB’s procedures for responding to sexual misconduct.

Found here: Resources and References

CAO Letter - Updates to Title IX Regulations

August 14th, 2020 - A letter from Dr. Susan Buskirk, the University's Chief Accountability Officer concerning the updates to Title IX regulations, effective today.

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.  

Watch Here

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