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Types of Audit Services

Internal audits are conducted in accordance with the International Standard for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing as promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).  Other auditing standards may be followed as deemed appropriate for the types of audits being conducted.

The WIU Office of Internal Auditing provides the following types of audit services to the University and Foundation:

  • Operational, Financial, Compliance and Information Technology Audits / Assurance Services – Assurance services involve the objective assessment of information, facts, or data by Internal Auditing to provide an independent opinion or conclusion.  The scope and nature of assurance services may include reviewing and evaluating for: operational efficiencies and effectiveness; reliability of financial and operational systems; adequacy and clarity of policies and procedures; compliance with university policy and state and federal law; safeguarding of assets; accomplishment of objectives and goals; or other agreed-upon procedures.
  • Consulting Services – Consulting services are advisory and other service activities include counsel, advice, facilitation, process design and limited training. The objective of consulting services is to add value in the development or modification of processes, procedures, and controls to minimize risk and achieve objectives. The nature and scope of particular consulting services are agreed upon with management. Internal Audit will not assume management’s responsibilities in order to maintain appropriate objectivity and independence.
  • Special Investigations – Investigations evaluate allegations of fraudulent business practices and/or misconduct involving financial or operational matters to determine if allegations are substantiated and to prevent future occurrences.
  • Follow-up Engagements – Follow-up engagements evaluate plans and actions taken to correct previously reported conditions as a result of completed audits and investigations.
  • Coordination of External Audits – These services ensure external auditors or regulators have access to the University staff and resources necessary to conduct their audits.  The coordination through a central office also helps to ensure internal and external efforts are not duplicated and that Internal Auditing is informed of any identified issues.Any office that receives notice for an external audit should notify the Director of Internal Auditing.