U.S. law contains provisions related to anti-corruption. One such law, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), contains anti-bribery provisions prohibiting U.S. persons from making or offering to make corrupt payments (or bribes) to foreign officials to obtain or retain business, direct business to a particular party or otherwise obtain an unfair advantage. The business to be obtained or retained need not be with a foreign government or foreign government instrumentality, but may be private. Moreover, the corrupt payments can take many forms, such as cash, expensive gifts, travel, meals or entertainment.
Columbia University’s Anti-Corruption Policy prohibits all members of the University community from engaging in any type of corrupt activity, including unlawful bribery of a government official or private person in connection with University activities. This prohibition extends to persons acting on the University’s behalf, such as agents, attorneys, and consultants. The University’s Anti-Corruption policy provides guidance to the University community on how to recognize and respond to situations that may involve corruption. Members of the University community are expected to review and comply with the University’s Anti-Corruption Policy.
Columbia University's Anti-Corruption Policy is available on Columbia's Administrative Policy Library website.