Report a Concern:

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Michael R. Scotch

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


Report a Concern

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 Sharon Kurek at or (540) 231-7496 and Ryan Hamilton at or (540) 231-2530

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. The Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance encourages individuals with information pertaining to potential fraud, waste, or abuse to contact the office directly. Direct reporting

enhances the ability of the reporting individual to assist OARC 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.

Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance | Virginia Tech  |  (540) 231-5883 |  North End Center, Suite 3200, Virginia Tech  | MC 0328 |  Blacksburg, Virginia