Office of Internal Audit
Phone: (504) 280-6127
Fraud Hotline: (504) 280-3295
Frequently Asked Questions
The Internal Audit Department has been authorized to have unrestricted access to all University of New Orleans records, property and personnel. The Internal Audit Charter defines the purpose, authority and responsibilities of the office. The Internal Audit staff will make every effort to ensure that the security of assets and privacy of records are not compromised and services are not unnecessarily disrupted.
Yes, All of the Internal Audit staff are University of New Orleans employees.
The Director of Internal Audit at the University of New Orleans campus reports administratively to the University of New Orleans President and functionally through the University of Louisiana System Director of Internal and External Audits to the Audit Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This reporting structure provides the office operates independently and has no direct authority over those departments reviewed.
Depending on the nature, complexity and condition of the area under review, an audit can take from a few days to several months.
Usually the area to be audited will be notified. However, sometimes surprise audits are conducted.
Typically, an audit is selected for review as a result of Internal Audit's annual audit plan, administrative requests (University or System level), or allegations of fraud or other misconduct. Internal Audit's annual audit plan is developed based on a combination of risk assessment, follow-up to previous audits, and mandated recurring audits.
Yes, an audit can produce many benefits, and timing can be an important factor. If you have recently assumed new or additional supervisory responsibilities, an audit can review administrative procedures to assess whether internal controls in that unit are adequate. It is also beneficial to assess system controls and modified office procedures when new computer systems are being installed.
A periodic "checkup" to review your unit's administrative activity can help ensure that your procedures continue to comply with University policy. An audit is an opportunity to receive an independent appraisal of the effectiveness and efficiency of your unit's administrative activities.
Anyone within the University community can request an audit. You should coordinate the request with your Dean or supervisor. Your request should be in writing and will be considered as a part of our risk assessment.
Each department should maintain its own departmental policy and procedures manual to ensure that:
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