The mission of the Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy is to assist Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (the "University") in fulfilling its vision of being a preeminent comprehensive land-grant university. Our office provides services in three distinct yet related disciplines - audit, compliance, and privacy - in support of Auburn University's three-pronged mission of teaching, research, and service.
The Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy functions in partnership with University leadership to:
Case in Point has grown to include readers from the entire continental United States and seven other countries. Because we are continually adding new readers, I like to periodically go back to the basics of why we publish this newsletter and offer suggestions for how you can make the most of it each month.
The primary purpose of our publication is to help higher education be successful in its mission: to change lives and improve the world through education, research, and outreach of various types. We believe this is a noble mission and one worth helping others succeed in fulfilling.
We acknowledge that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of achieving this mission, and we call these things risks. Each month we list stories that are often, if not usually, risk management failures. We think this provides an educational opportunity that we can learn from and hopefully use to prevent similar failures at our respective institutions.
Next month we will talk about proactive risk management and offer our suggestions on how it can become part of your operational philosophy. We invite you to review this month's events in higher education through the lens noted above. As always, we welcome your comments or suggestions.
The University uses the EthicsPoint anonymous Reporting System to enhance communication and empower individuals to promote safety, security, and ethical behavior. Use this anonymous, confidential system to report situations, events or actions by individuals or groups that you believe unethical or otherwise inappropriate. Frivolous or unfounded reports do not help foster a positive workplace. This hotline service does not replace our existing reporting methods for reporting fraud, waste, abuse or other potentially illegal activities. The University continues to encourage stakeholders to report concerns or suspected violations to their supervisor or other campus entities as appropriate.
If you are uncertain if a situation violates University policy, is illegal or constitutes harassment or discrimination, you may use EthicsPoint to obtain clarification. We would much rather have you ask questions than let potential problems go unchecked. However, EthicsPoint should not be used for immediate threats to life or property. If the situation presents an immediate threat to life or property call emergency -- 911
Last Updated: February 02, 2021