The Longwood University Internal Audit Office reports functionally to the Board of Visitors and administratively to the President. Performance problems with the Internal Audit Department will be reported by the President to the Board of Visitors immediately. These reporting relationships ensure departmental independence, promote comprehensive audit coverage, and assure adequate consideration of audit recommendations.
Internal Audit is an independent appraisal activity established within the University to examine and evaluate Longwood's management systems. University administration has the primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining a sufficient system of internal controls. Internal Audit assists University administration in the effective discharge of its responsibilities by furnishing evaluations of departmental activities, recommendations for improvements in systems and procedures, and other information designed to promote effective controls. The Internal Audit Department may provide "consulting services" which are advisory, the nature and scope of which are agreed upon with Longwood’s management and which are intended to add value and improve Longwood’s operations.
Meaningful internal auditing requires cooperation among the Internal Audit Office, University administration, and the auditee. Each party's responsibilities in this regard include but are not limited to the following:
1. Internal Audit Office
In the course of its work, Internal Audit has full and complete direct access to all University books, records (manual and electronic), physical properties, and personnel relevant to the subject of review. All documents and information given to Internal Audit during their work will be handled in the same prudent manner that the University expects of the employees normally accountable for them.
The Internal Audit Office has neither direct responsibility for, nor authority over, any of the activities, functions, or tasks it reviews. Accordingly, Internal Audit does not develop or write policies or procedures that they may later be called upon to evaluate. They may review draft materials, developed by management, for propriety and/or completeness. However, ownership of, and responsibility for, these materials remains with management, not Internal Audit.
IV. Audit Standards And Ethics
All audit work meets the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and Code of Ethics promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc. The department is expected to consistently demonstrate high standards of conduct and ethics as well as appropriate judgment, independence, and discretion. Members maintain a professional image and protect auditee confidences and confidential information.
V. Selecting And Scheduling Audits
The Director prepares an annual Internal Audit Plan for approval by the Board of Visitors. Candidate projects come from a risk assessment process, recommendations by senior administration, regular coverage of large functional operations (cashiering, accounts payable, etc), and special requests.
All audit work is summarized in timely written reports distributed to an appropriate list of recipients. In general, reports are distributed to all members of the Board of Visitors, the President, the Vice President responsible for the auditee department, the Auditor of Public Accounts, as well as the auditee, their immediate supervisor, and other department heads affected by audit findings. Special request reports may have a more limited distribution.
Internal Audit will provide administration with adequate time to prepare responses to audit report findings before distributing the reports to appropriate recipients outside of University management.
A summary of all work performed during the current fiscal year will be prepared and presented to the Board of Visitors on a quarterly basis.
Approved by the Board of Visitors, September 10, 2010.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, June 12, 2015