Administrative Affairs

Audit, Risk, Compliance & Ethics (ARCE) Program

What is Audit, Risk, Compliance, and Ethics (ARCE)?

UW-Whitewater is committed to compliance with UW System policy and Wisconsin state policy, as well as federal policies, laws, and regulations that govern its many activities. Our campus also strives to incorporate general audit, risk, compliance and ethics-related best practices, and is passionate about fostering a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. These efforts are often complex and require coordination among several departments across the University.  This is why we formed ARCE – as a way to leverage our people and resources to accomplish related goals and create a space for conversation around how Warhawks Do The Right Thing!

ARCE is a committee with participation from subject matter experts (SMEs) across the Whitewater campus who share risk and internal control data, information, knowledge and solutions to achieve optimal and best practice-driven results in support of our University's mission. 


The ARCE Committee will champion resultant successful strategies and will be charged with communicating them to the campus for broader application.

Why is ARCE Important?

Monitoring and maintaining compliance is one of the most important ways for an organization to maintain its ethical health, support its long-term prosperity, and preserve and promote its values

Steps of an Effective Governance/Compliance Program

The Seven Elements of an Effective Governance/Compliance Program guides the ARCE and its work. 

  1. Compliance Officer reporting to highest level of leadership.
  2. Involvement & oversight of the Board, leadership and management.
  3. Clear standards of Conduct and Compliance.
  4. Appropriate education & training, communication.
  5. Monitoring, auditing and reporting of non-compliance.
  6. Corrective/remedial action for non-compliant behavior.
  7. Appropriately responding and preventing further non-compliance.

Tools & Resources

The Draft ARCE Committee Charter elaborates on our purpose, mission, responsibilities and structure. Note: This document will remain in draft format for approximately one year, to accomodate any adjustments as needed.

SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) Security Awareness Institute has issued a basic cybersecurity pamphlet of Top 5 Steps to Securely Work from Home

The User Friendly Principles poster expresses our campus commitment to positive interpersonal communication in which we treat everyone with respect and appreciation, regardless of our differences.

Click on the links below to download a printable 8.5" x 11" size poster in English and Spanish.

User Friendly Principles (English)

User Friendly Principles (Spanish)

If you would like to request this poster in another language, or would like a larger, printed copy you can contact the Quality Assurance Improvement Manager for more information at

This resource offers guidelines for evaluating general compliance and ethics standards and best practices.

This spreadsheet contains approximately three (3) years of audit findings.

This document lists recent Title IX trainings, initiatives, and other resources for reference.

This Memorandum highlights ethics-related best practices for employees, as well as expectations related to proper public records management. 

This webpage is continuously updated and managed by our Quality Assurance Improvement Manager.

Email the Quality Assurance Improvement Manager at or by telephone at (262) 472-1772 should you have any questions or concerns.