The compliance officer of the University of Rennes is Pierre Joray, professor of logic and philosophy of science. Former director of the Philosophy Department where he teaches logic and philosophy of mathematics, Pierre Joray is a researcher and member of the Centre Atlantique de Philosophie.
The Compliance Officer ensures that all university staff have access to compliance services and is in charge of providing staff with advice on how to adhere to the compliance obligations and principles outlined in Articles 25 to 28 of Law No. 83-634 of 13 July 1983 in the strictest confidentiality:
- Neutrality, impartiality, honesty, dignity, integrity and secularism
- Prevention of conflicts of interest
- Declaration of interests, assets and liabilities of staff members in jobs whose hierarchical level or the nature of their duties justifies it
- Prohibition on accumulating jobs, including exceptions
- Adherence to instructions from the Compliance Committee
- Professional discretion and confidentiality, compliance with instructions from superiors.
A Role of Vigilance and Prevention
The compliance officer ensures that the institution promotes and encourages, by all means possible, compliance with the ethical principles set out in the above-mentioned charter and in particular by training staff under its responsibility.
They are the first point of contact to receive requests for information concerning ethics.
The compliance officer casts valuable light on the application of ethical principles and good practices as well as on the legal risks incurred in the event of a breach.
The university may refer the matter to them in the first instance if it is not necessary to refer the matter to the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP) and in the event of serious doubt concerning:
- compatibility between the duties performed and the activity envisaged for requests for authorisation to work part-time to set up or take over a business or to leave for the private sector;
- the recruitment or reinstatement of staff who have worked in the private sector for the previous three years.
Handling Conflicts of Interest
The compliance officer collects and investigates all allegations relating to alleged breaches of ethics, guaranteeing absolute confidentiality and the anonymity of the whistleblower.
If a breach is found, the compliance officer refers the matter to the President of the University.
The compliance officer provides their expertise in dealing with the breaches reported to them as part of the investigation procedure implemented by them.
They may request the support of the mediator for all conflict situations.
They send the final report on the gathering of objective evidence to the President.
The compliance officer may attend meetings of the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP) without voting rights when it issues an opinion concerning a university employee.
They report on their activity and draws up a confidential report each year for the President on all their activities and the situations encountered.
They are authorised to inform the President of the University of any situation where the seriousness of the facts or the urgency of the situation requires a rapid decision and reaction. The same applies in the event of the application of paragraph 2 of Article 40 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The compliance officer is part of the national network of compliance officers, which allows exchanges with other higher education and research institutions in France.