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


Each month we compile news stories related to fraud, ethics, compliance, privacy, security, and safety at institutions of higher education. Our monthly newsletter is posted on our website or can be delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing. Keep up to date on the latest events in higher ed compliance, fraud, cybersecurity, and campus safety to better prepare your organization to prevent, manage, and respond to incidents.

Anonymous Reporting Hotline

Speak Up

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 are 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 whether 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. Please note, you must log back into the EthicsPoint system for additional communication about your report since we have no other way of following up with the reporting party. 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: 11/28/2023