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Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy

Our Mission

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:

  • 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 proactive manager

This month we conclude our review of the story categories from 2020 with a focus on Campus Life/Safety. Historically, this is our most diverse category as the number of unique circumstances that can occur on a college campus are seemingly infinite. That said, we did have some recurrent subjects. Our top 5 most frequent topics during 2020 were:

  1. Crime related events
  2. Race related issues
  3. COVID-19 (note this could have been number one but we chose to limit the number of stories we linked due to coverage being so extensive.)
  4. Free Speech issues
  5. Hazing

When you step back and think about this category, the biggest takeaway in the topics above--and other stories we linked--is the importance of vigilance by everyone on campus to provide a safe environment for students to learn and employees to work.

I have often said that the greatest risk universities face today are the problems that stakeholders are aware of but fail to let the appropriate people know about AND the problems that were reported but no action was taken to address them. Educating faculty and staff on the important role they play in ensuring a safe environment is vitally important in today's world. It is a message that must be communicated regularly across campus along with the appropriate place to report any concerns.

While campus safety is vitally important, it is but one of a plethora of risks we face in higher education. We again invite you to review the events that have occurred over the prior month with a view toward proactive risk management. Everyone working together and communicating can help your institution avoid becoming the headline.

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Anonymous Reporting Hotline

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