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Kevin Robinson
Executive Director
Kevin Robinson
Monthly Newsletter
Case In Point:
Lessons for the pro-active manager
Vol. 6 No. 9

Recently Internal Audit worked with the Office of General Counsel to present a session to academic leaders on campus entitled, ''The Expanding Compliance Obligations in Higher Education.'' Three important concepts from this presentation were:

  1. The world has changed with respect to our responsibilities for compliance.
  2. Everyone is responsible for ensuring compliance with the various requirements the University faces, even though these requirements are not always convenient or what we'd choose to do.
  3. If you become aware of an issue, you should raise the concern to the appropriate office or area of responsibility. Failure to do so can have extremely negative consequences for the institution.

Over the past year, one-third of the items within this publication fell within the compliance/legal category; however, more often than not, even the stories listed in other categories generally have some compliance component.

In the frequently cited Penn State child abuse case, the total dollar cost stemming from that scandal is nearly $80 million to date (according to the Penn State website), and this figure does not include the almost $60 million agreed upon for settlements to victims of abuse. These amounts also do not include reputational damages and lost opportunity costs they certainly have experienced. You have no doubt read or heard about the numerous Title IX investigations in progress across the country. We have also seen repeated stories involving data loss and the fall-out from breaches at institutions every month. The world has changed and so has our need to be proactive in both managing risks before scandal and raising issues early on when discovered.

So what do you do if you are aware of an issue? Compliance at Auburn University is a decentralized effort, but we've worked with the various distributed compliance owners across campus in an effort to develop one place you can go when you are looking for compliance resources. Also note that this web page is a work in progress, and we welcome any suggestions you have to improve the site. If you can't find what you are looking for on this site, feel free to let us know, and we will connect you with the appropriate resource or will help you find an answer to your question.

While compliance is a major issue for all of us, there are many other risks we face within higher education. We invite you to review the stories reported during the past month from across the nation and consider ways you can proactively manage risk here at Auburn University.


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