Compliance & Risk Management
The Office of Compliance and Risk Management provides comprehensive insurance and risk management services to Smith College, as well as counsel, guidance and policy analysis to the college on compliance and risk concerns.
The office serves the college by:
- Advising the trustees, the president and members of the senior staff on compliance and risk concerns
- Providing proactive risk management services and responding to specific problems as they arise
- Supporting the college response to insured legal claims made against the college by securing and managing litigation attorneys and other consultants as needed
- Reviewing all types of contracts for insurance, indemnity and other risk or compliance concerns and working with the contracting parties (both college and participating vendor and/or their attorneys) in negotiating contractual content, upon request
- Providing or participating in seminars as requested on processes or matters with significant risk or compliance implications for the college
- Leading or participating in college committees or task forces formed to address compliance or risk issues.
The Compliance Committee is appointed by the president and is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the college’s response to mandated compliance requirements resulting from state, federal, or local regulations or statutes. The committee may create working groups to develop or revise policies and procedures, including investigative procedures related to non-compliance, as needed. Departments or individuals with responsibility for compliance with specific mandates may be invited to attend committee meetings.
The committee advises the senior administration on new or revised policies and procedures responsive to the mandated compliance requirements particularly in areas where compliance requires coordination across the campus.
To foster a climate of compliance, the committee may help disseminate and educate the Smith community on requirements, policies and procedures.
- Michael Howard, Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Kevin Kerwood, Associate Director of Human Resources
- Margaret Lamb, Administrative Director, Clark Science Center
- Ben Marsden, Information Security Director
- Julianne Ohotnicky, Dean of Students
- Bill Peterson, Professor of Psychology, Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development
- Laura Smiarowski, Controller (chair)
- Cristina Suarez, Professor of Chemistry
Resources for Students
For a more complete list of student risk management resources, please visit the Five College Risk Management: Student Risk website.