Report a Concern:

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Our Stance

“The university will not tolerate theft, waste, or abuse of state, university, or university-related funds, property, or other resources through fraudulent means.”

Policy 1040, Reporting Suspected Fraudulent Activities

 

By the Numbers

Over 70 percent of allegations at Virginia Tech fall within five general categories:

  • Leave or time abuse
  • Improper use of university resources
  • Abuse of authority
  • Conflict of interest
  • Theft or embezzlement

Organizational Red Flags

  • Placing too much trust in key employees
  • No communication of expectations
  • Lack of proper authorization of transactions
  • Inadequate attention to details
  • No separation of duties between accounting functions
  • Lack of clear lines of authority and responsibility
  • Tendency toward crisis management
  • Relaxed management style
  • Poor system design
  • Inadequate training

Actions to Minimize Fraud

  • Tone at the Top
  • Education and Training
  • Integrity Risk and Controls
  • Reporting and Monitoring
  • Proactive Detection
  • Investigation and Follow-up

HISTORICAL CASE VOLUME SUMMARY BY FISCAL YEAR

Report

All allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse are treated seriously and reviewed to the extent allowed by the quality of the information provided and evidence available. There are three means available for reporting observations of this nature:

 

01     Contact University Internal Audit's FWA Specialist at (540) 231-4744

                   or University Internal Audit management at (540) 231-5883.

02          Contact the Virginia Tech Police Department (540) 231-6411

03     State Internal Auditor's Hotline for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse of State Resources at (800) 723-1615

 

The identity of the individual conveying the information remains confidential in any of the above cases. University Internal Audit encourages individuals with information pertaining to potential fraud, waste, or abuse to contact University Internal Audit directly at 540-231-5883.  Direct reporting enhances the ability of the reporting individual to assist University Internal Audit in gathering the evidence necessary to substantiate the claim and to initiate corrective action.  For more information, please consult the University's policy 1040: Reporting Suspected Fraudulent Activities.

 

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University Internal Audit | Virginia Tech

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