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Internal Audit

Ethics Hotline

Do you know of or suspect
any unethical behavior?
We want to know!


Or call 1.855.236.1845

Confidential, easy-to-use, and always available.

Welcome to the Internal Audit Department at the University of Rhode Island. Internal auditing is 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. Internal auditors perform compliance, operational and financial audits. We measure the degree to which various functions of our organization adhere to established policies and procedures, as well as laws and regulations.

The underlying foundation of our work is that the University, as a leader in the dynamic environment of higher education, must function at the highest level possible, to ultimately provide quality education and services to its students and the citizens of Rhode Island. Internal Audit supports this goal by providing management with sufficient information to determine whether financial, operational, and system controls are functioning efficiently, effectively, and in accordance with management’s intent. This provides an early warning to management so they may address concerns before they become an issue. The department offers comprehensive solutions to all audit findings based on best business practices. The staff maintains a high standard of knowledge, expertise, ethics and integrity.

In addition, Internal Audit provides a confidential reporting mechanism that allows URI community members to raise concerns about business practices, compliance issues, or unethical conduct. We have contracted with a third party vendor to independently administer an ethics hotline, which includes an option to report anonymously. You may report suspected misconduct online, or call 855-236-1845.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.
Please contact Maria DiSano or Susan Lerch.


The Association of College and University Auditors created the short video above to promote Internal Audit, capturing what it is auditors do to provide value in higher education.

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