Campus News

Independent contractors versus employees – why classification matters

   January 20, 2016

Any organization that has employees, whether the enterprise is for profit, not for profit or a government agency, is under increasing pressure to cut costs while at the same time it faces rising expenses for employees’ benefits.

One way to reduce the benefits expense is to use more independent contractors, who are not paid medical and insurance benefits that are expected...

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Succession planning can mitigate the effects of employee turnover

   December 9, 2015

According to recent data, 50 percent of the University’s employees are eligible to retire in the next five years.

What does this mean for an organization as large as UNC Charlotte? The potential loss of an enormous amount of institutional knowledge, said Julie Earls, an internal auditor with the Internal Audit Department.

“This impending loss comes at a time when the University...

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Internal audit reminder about gifts from vendors

   November 30, 2015

The holiday season is here, and many vendors with whom the University does business may choose to show their appreciation with various kinds of gifts. Many of these are unexpected, and this practice is in keeping with how business is done in the for-profit sector.

Employees of a nonprofit entity and state agencies are subject to limitations placed on accepting gifts from vendors. UNC...

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The added value of internal audit

   October 27, 2015
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) defines internal auditing as “an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.” The IIA...

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Information security tools available for local administrators

   October 14, 2015

Information security tools available for local administrators

UNC Charlotte has a decentralized information technology operating environment, which means the University is dependent upon individual college/department administrators and computer end users to protect a significant amount of data and systems. 

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Internal audit standards updated

   August 3, 2015

Internal auditors are held to standards developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The International Professional Practices Framework, IPPF, serves as the framework for all aspects of internal audits – from the mission and objectives of the department to the creation of work papers and ethical behavior.  The IIA recently updated the IPPF with a new format that includes a first-ever...

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Fraud/identity theft are issues for college campuses

   July 21, 2015

College campuses are fruitful targets of opportunity with efforts to exploit students, faculty and staff on the rise. According to FRAUD magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, two schemes – “work from home” and “business email compromise” are popular with scam artists.

Robert Holtfreter, in the FRAUD article “Identity thieves target...

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Julie Earls earns certification

   June 29, 2015
Julie Earls, staff internal auditor at UNC Charlotte, recently earned the Certified Internal Auditor designation after passing the final test in the three-part certification process. Earls, who already holds the Certified Public Accountant designation, has been with the UNC Charlotte Internal Audit Department for two years following three years with the Office of the State Auditor. According...

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Staff auditor receives Royster Scholarship

   June 19, 2015

Staff auditor receives Royster Scholarship

Tara Pritchett, a staff auditor in the Internal Audit Department, recently received a Janet Royster Scholarship to pursue specialized professional development in the field of internal audit.

Pritchett, who holds a master’s degree in accounting, plans to use the scholarship to obtain certification in internal controls self-...

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Your internal audit department - NOT JUST NUMBERS!

   June 1, 2015
Your Internal Audit Department – NOT JUST NUMBERS! WHAT is Internal Audit? “Internal Audit” is a systematic and independent examination of data, statements, records, operations and performances of an organization, for a stated purpose. The Internal Audit Department at UNC Charlotte is established by the Board of Trustees, with oversight provided by the Audit, Compliance, and Enterprise Risk...

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