Message From the President

Date: May 1, 2017
To: All Faculty and Staff
From: James R. Stellar, Interim President
Subject: Internal Controls

As you are aware, this is a time of tremendous change, excitement, and growth at the University at Albany. However, as we work to achieve our goals, we cannot lose sight of the importance of assuring our continued success. It is with this in mind that I affirm my commitment to the use of proper internal controls and internal control awareness at the University at Albany and within our affiliated entities. I ask each of you to do the same.

Internal controls are the operating practices, reporting relationships, and policies and procedures adopted by the University to help achieve our goals and objectives. Within an internal control system, the most important element is the overall control environment—the organization’s ethical values, integrity, competence, and operating philosophy. All UAlbany employees and students share responsibility for creating and maintaining a proper internal control environment.

Maintaining proper internal controls is an ongoing task with new challenges and threats emerging every day. This environment requires regular reviews of our on-line internal controls training and conversations with our internal controls staff regarding new developments. The internal control training can be viewed at http://www.albany.edu/internalcontrol/. In addition, trainings on data security awareness and email phishing threats can be accessed by contacting the Office of Internal Controls at 956-8120. Finally, it is important to report any suspected breaches of proper internal control procedures, thefts, or misuse of information or assets to the University Internal Control Hotline at 518-437-4738. All calls to the Hotline are anonymous.

Should you have questions about the University’s internal control program, or wish to schedule an office-wide training session or private consultation, please contact Kevin Wilcox, Jonathan St. Clair or Weisu Fudge in the Office of Internal Controls.

Thank you again for joining me in participating in this important and ongoing endeavor.