Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Internal Audit employees also Dixie State University employees?

Yes. All employees of the Internal Audit Department are DSU employees.

2. Are there any other auditors that I might encounter at Dixie State University?

Yes, you might encounter auditors from either the Utah State Auditor’s Office or from the Office of Legislative Auditor General. These auditors are involved in auditing the University’s financial statements or performing other special audits as assigned. At times, there may be auditors from certain federal agencies who might be auditing federal funds used from grants for research projects.

Any auditor working on campus should be able to appropriately identify themselves. Our suggestion is not to provide any documentation, records, or access to assets until the individual provides proper identification. No auditor should be offended by such a request.

3. How do you select areas for review?

Each year we perform a risk assessment. We attempt to direct our audit resources to the areas deemed high risk. Our goal is to evaluate & improve the management of any risks in these units.

4. How long do audits take?

There is no easy answer to this question as each audit’s length will depend on the nature and scope of the review. Small audits might last 30 hours while more complex reviews can last several weeks to months.

5. I have a policy question, can Internal Auditing help me?

Absolutely, if you have questions on policies, procedures, or best practices we will be glad to help. In some cases we will know the answer to your question, but if we don’t we will be glad to research the answer to your question.

6. What kinds of audits do you do?

We perform a variety of services. Generally speaking, here are the most common:

  • Traditional Audits — we examine internal controls, test documents for compliance with state and federal law, and look for ways to improve operational efficiency.
  • Risk Based Departmental Audits — we examine a broad range of risks and determine how they are being managed currently.
  • Investigations — we attempt to learn the validity of allegations received.
  • Consulting Services — we can provide advice on specific problems or risks that departments may face in their daily operations and activities.