Requests for advisory services may come from various management levels throughout the university and often involve emerging issues in research, information technology, or compliance. The information we provide assists management in decision-making and improving operations and are communicated verbally or through memoranda.
Consulting projects are collaborations between management and Internal Audit. Services may be requested in advance and included as part of the annual work plan; however, many requests are made during the year. A project's objective will vary depending on the needs of management, but may include improving a process or procedure, assisting in the implementation of a new system, interpreting laws, rules, policies, and other guidance, or facilitating education/training programs. These services are proactive in nature and can be helpful to any university function or department.
Assurance (audit) is a formal examination and analysis of operations, functions, or programs that is performed using industry standards defined by the profession of internal auditing. These engagements are designed to facilitate positive changes going forward, through analyzing information about the area being audited.
An investigation is an objective review of evidence related to a complaint or allegation. The President and the Board of Trustees have charged Audit with performing investigations related to USF.