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Compliance Committee

What is the Compliance Committee?

The Compliance Committee was created to address the myriad of federal, state, and accreditation regulations. More specifically, the committee is responsible for providing advice, guidance, and support in meeting the University’s regulatory requirements. The committee is composed of various individuals across the university and is charged with ensuring that Palo Alto University is in compliance with all the governing Higher Education bodies including, but not limited to, the Department of Education, State of California, American Psychological Association, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges, et.al. The structure of the Compliance Committee recognizes that administrators are in a better position than a single compliance officer to maintain the necessary understanding and oversight of regulations and requirements in areas under their direction, as well as emerging issues in the regulatory environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work to ensure University-wide compliance with relevant state and federal laws impacting the PAU community;
  • Examining PAU’s system if internal controls over compliance and ensuring that they are current with changing laws, regulations, and practices;
  • Encourage faculty and staff towards compliance with and adherence to pertinent laws, regulations, policies, procedures and practices;
  • Maintain awareness of compliance audit and training activities;
  • Providing a forum for communication among the various units and programs within PAU for issues relevant to compliance;


  • Alaina Dunn, Assistant Vice President of Admissions
  • Ana Castrillo, Director for the Office of Accessible Education and Associate Director for Student Affairs
  • Apsara Dhokalia, HRPP Administrator
  • Fei Ying, Chief Information Officer
  • Holly Lindley, Senior Human Resources Manager
  • Jennifer Lehner, Director of Institutional Research
  • Jessica Ayres, Director of Financial Aid (Co-Chair)
  • Jim Breckenridge, Chief of Staff, VP Institutional Effectiveness, Analysis and Planning
  • Lisa Harris, Associate Director of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Maya Ramakrishnan, Assistant Controller
  • Monica Chavez, Associate Director of Admissions, Systems, & Operations 
  • Nora Marquez, Registrar
  • Rebecca Levy, Director of External Affairs
  • Thom Shepard, Dean of Students

Essential Duties:

The Compliance Committee shall create, review, discuss, and recommend any or all of the following:

  • Compliance training;
  • Compliance policies and procedures;
  • Review of ongoing compliance activities and programs;
  • Review of compliance risk areas;
  • Reviewing and addressing, as appropriate, any concerns raised by an independent auditor
  • Ensure Consumer Information, as defined by the Department of Education, is current and accurately published. 

To contact the Compliance Committee about any questions or concerns about this page or any compliance related issues, please email Jessica Ayres at jayres@paloaltou.edu.

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