Fraud includes a range of irregularities and illegal acts that is characterized by intentional deception. Anyone within the University who has reasonable suspicions of an alleged fraud or actual evidence of a fraud is responsible for reporting it. All employees have an obligation to ensure that the University is a well-controlled environment free from fraudulent or criminal activities.
If you become aware of an alleged fraud, please contact the Internal Audit Department. If the fraud involves stolen or misappropriated assets (e.g. cash, property, equipment, etc.), you should also contact the Department of Public Safety at 387-5555.
Fraud investigations are performed on a confidential basis, and may involve the Internal Audit Department, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of the General Counsel, the Department of Human Resources, and other areas of the University, as appropriate.
Additionally, WMU provides a hotline that all members of the university community can use to confidentially report suspected unethical activity relating to financial matters. Reports can be filed anonymously by calling (855) 247-3145 or visiting www.wmuhotline.ethicspoint.com.
Strong internal controls are the principal mechanism for preventing fraud. Key internal control activities include segregation of duties, authorization and approval, reconciliation and review, and physical security. An effective internal control environment also implies adherence to an organization's policies and procedures. Current University policies and procedures can be found at the web site of Office of Business and Finance.
To perform a self-assessment of your department’s internal controls, please click here.