Investigations


The Office of Internal Audit conducts investigations that involve allegations of fraud, waste, and/or abuse, by Augusta University employees and/or contractors or vendors that may be performing work for the institution. These investigations may be in performed in a coordinated effort along with Augusta University’s departments of Public Safety and Legal Affairs. Department management should not attempt to conduct their own investigation nor alert suspected individuals of an impending investigation.

In an investigation, our objectives include:

  • Verifying the facts
  • Maintaining objectivity and confidentiality
  • Determining what party or parties are responsible
  • Recommending corrective actions to help ensure that similar activities do not occur in the future

Just as you safeguard your home and belongings, Augusta University needs your eyes and ears to help protect its resources against fraud, waste, and abuse. Whether you are part of departmental management, a faculty or staff member, or a student, you are responsible for reporting known or suspected fraudulent, wasteful, or abusive acts by employees or contractors and vendors conducting business with GR.

What Should I Report . . .

Audit Checklist imageAs a member of Augusta University or GR Health System, you should report dishonest acts, either known or suspected, such as the following, but not limited to:

  • Theft or misappropriation of funds, supplies, property, or other institutional resources
  • Forgery or alteration of documents
  • Unauthorized alteration or manipulation of computer files
  • Improper and wasteful activity
  • Falsification of reports to management or external agencies
  • Pursuit of a benefit or advantage in violation of the institution’s conflict of interest policy
  • Authorizing or receiving compensation for hours not worked

Who Should I Report To . . .

As an employee or student of the Augusta University or GR Health System, you have several reporting options for reporting known or suspected fraud, waste, or abuse. They are:

  • To your supervisor or department head
  • To an official in your specific school
  • Directly to the Office of Internal Audit
  • The Compliance Hotline at: 877-516-3419

Please remember to think before you speak. Before making an allegation of dishonesty, be reasonably certain of the claims. Such allegations/claims can seriously and negatively impact the accused individual’s professional and personal life, as well as possibly adversely affect the working environment of the department or work area.