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Independence & Objectivity

We are committed to fairness, honesty, and ethical conduct and operate free from bias maintaining objectivity and confidentiality in all we do.

The executive director of the Office of Audit Services reports directly to President Santa Ono and the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committee of the Board of Regents.

The Finance, Audit, and Investment Committee is an essential component of the risk management and internal control infrastructure of the university. Audit Services assists the Board of Regents, president, and university leadership in the discharge of their oversight, management, and operating responsibilities by providing objective assurance, advisory, and investigatory services to the university community. Audit Services adds value by:

  • evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and policies,
  • identifying areas of potential risk,
  • engaging in special investigations, and
  • providing informed advice.

View the U-M Standard Practice Guide Internal Audit Charter

This reporting relationship fosters the necessary autonomy and independence so Audit Services can fulfill its mission.

Audit Services adheres to The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Core Principles for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, Code of Ethics, Definition of Internal Auditing, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.