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Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit

"At NDSU, all employees, students and affiliated entities are responsible for ethical behavior, and making decisions as good stewards for the state of North Dakota."    -  Dean L. Bresciani, President



At NDSU, all employees, students and affiliated entities are responsible for ethical behavior and making decisions with consideration to our role as stewards for the state of North Dakota and as a representative of the university in our interactions with external entities.  Ethics, Compliance and Audit supports the university and its employees by:


  • Considering organizational risk for noncompliance and benchmarking against expectations of State and Federal governing bodies including, but not limited to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations (FSGO)
  • Working with management to identify and establish priorities for the ethics and compliance effort and establishing related objectives
  • Oversee the ethics program through:

    • Enforcement of the Code of Conduct
    • Training to management, employees, students and vendors on organizational standards of ethics and compliance
    • Monitoring the Fraud Hotline ethics related violations as well as other notifications of potential misconduct
    • Considering ethics and compliance risk in establishing the audit plan and related activities

  • Championing the values of stewardship and service to the state of North Dakota throughout the organization
  • Working with university leadership to implement initiatives to foster an ethical culture
  • Communicating with the President, management and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on risks, incidents and activities related to the ethics and compliance program as appropriate
  • Ensuring periodic measurements of the effectiveness of the ethics program

Internal Audits and Reviews

Ethics, Compliance and Audit performs assurance and consulting activities with an overall goal to assist NDSU management in effectively discharging its duties.  NDSU institution level leadership as well as business or departmental unit management are responsible for managing risk and implementing and monitoring controls in their respective areas.  Through an annual risk based audit planning process, special project requests and facilitation activities, Ethics, Compliance and Audit assists management by performing engagements focused on providing objective assessment and value-added recommendation.  This includes:

  • NDSU’s overall system of internal control and unit administrative controls and activities to determine if they are adequate, effective, efficient and functioning in a manner to reduce relevant risks to an acceptable level
  • Reliability and adequacy of accounting, financial and reporting systems and procedures
  • Conforming to NDSU policies and procedures, state and federal laws and regulations, contractual obligations and good business practices in all NDSU related activities including, but not limited to grants and contracts received and made
  • Protecting and accounting for NDSU assets and safeguarding from losses of all kinds
  • Alignment of departmental and business unit strategies with NDSU established objectives and goals and whether operational procedures have been implemented and resources utilized in a manner consistent with achieving these goals

Scope of Audit Coverage

The general scope of audit coverage is University-wide and no function, activity, or unit of the University is exempt from audit or review. No officer, administrator, or staff member may prohibit Ethics, Compliance and Audit from examining any University record or interviewing any employee or student that the auditor determines is relevant to the audit or review.


Contact Us...

Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit

Phone:  (701) 231-9413
Fax:  (701) 231-6194

8:00 - 5:00 pm
7:30 - 4:00 pm (Summer/Break)

Mailing/Billing Address:
NDSU Dept. #1030
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND  58108-6050

Campus Address:  [ Map ]
Old Main 16
1340 Administration Avenue
Fargo, ND  58102

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Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:08:10 PM