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Laura LaCorte

Associate Senior Vice President, Compliance

Office of Compliance

Laura LaCorte was appointed associate senior vice president for compliance in July 2005. She established the USC Office of Compliance in 1999 to assist faculty, staff and students in following laws, policies and regulations that apply to the university. The office creates universitywide programs that provide education and training, policy and systems development, and monitoring and testing to help prevent and detect potential violations of law, regulations or ethical standards. It also directly oversees and manages programs in the areas of research compliance, conflicts of interest, privacy and information security, and healthcare compliance for the Keck Medical Center of USC, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, the departments of physical and occupational therapy, and the School of Pharmacy. The office further identifies compliance and regulatory risks through regular enterprise risk assessments and makes recommendations to manage those risks. In addition, the office manages a confidential help hotline and conducts investigations of possible regulatory and university policy violations.

As the university’s privacy officer, LaCorte is responsible for implementing a program to comply with the requirements of the privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She was appointed by the California Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the California Privacy and Security Advisory Board.

LaCorte is a member of the governing boards of the Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. She also is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

LaCorte joined USC as university counsel in 1996 and was appointed compliance officer in 1999. Before USC, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Richards & O’Neil, LLP, in New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University in 1987 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.

Last Updated: 02/10/12