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, 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;


  • Financial Aid, Jessica Ayres (Co-Chair)
  • IT, Dave Leavitt (Co-Chair)
  • Registrar, Nora Marquez
  • Business Office, Howard Smalls
  • Human Resources, Holly Lindley
  • Student Services, Thom Shepard
  • Institutional Research, Nouran Hashimi
  • President's Office, Melanie Morrison
  • External Affairs, Rebecca Levy
  • International Students and Veteran Services, Lisa Harris
  • Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Analysis, & Planning, Dr. Jim Breckenridge

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