Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy is to assist 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:

  • improve the internal control system and culture;
  • improve and enhance the management of operational, financial, compliance, strategic and reputational risks;
  • enhance governance processes;
  • ensure strong stewardship and management accountability at all levels of the University.

Case In Point: Lessons for the pro-active manager
Volume 09: No 06

This month we complete our review and analysis of last year's Case in Point articles with a focus on our final category: Campus Life & Safety. The majority of stories in this category relate closely to students and campus environment/culture. This category is particularly important in recognizing trends and topics that are growing in importance nationally. Campus Life issues can also impact our most valuable institutional resource: our reputation.

When we look back at last year, we see the following types of stories listed in order of frequency:

  1. General Campus Safety
  2. Campus Climate
  3. Greek Life Issues
  4. Free-Speech Related Issues
  5. Hazing
  6. Privacy
  7. Social Media
  8. Weapons on Campus
  9. Immigration Issues
  10. Gender Issues

Within each of the above general categories, there is a broad range of specific issues. The key, we believe, is to be aware of emerging issues occurring at other institutions and consider whether there are things we should do to proactively manage risk.

Risk will always be a part of what we do as an institution, but we hope Case in Point helps create risk-intelligent campus stakeholders to protect students, faculty, and staff from unnecessary or unmitigated risk. We again invite you to review the stories happening across higher education over the past month and consider how you can proactively manage risk at Auburn University. As always, we welcome your comments or suggestions.

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Anonymous Reporting Hotline

Auburn 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: October 31, 2016