Audit Services

Audit Services

What We Do

Audit Services promotes and supports best business practices by improving University operations. The department assesses and develops the effectiveness of risk management, internal controls, and governance processes.

The Audit Services department oversees coordination of campus audits, both internal and external; monitoring the implementation of audit recommendations from the Chancellor’s Office; and developing partnerships with external auditors for special investigations of suspected fiscal irregularities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will be my main point of contact for the audit process?
    The Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management is CSU, Chico's Audit Liaison.  Contact Mike Thorpe directly at or the Office of Risk Management at 530-898-6588.
  • What is the Audit Liaison’s role in the audit?

    The Audit Liaison is the link between the auditing body and the campus. Some of the liaison’s tasks include:

    • Notifying the affected departments of an upcoming audit.
    • Coordinating the completion of the initial questionnaire and request for documents.
    • Assist in scheduling initial interviews and walkthroughs.
    • Arranging a workspace for the auditor for on-campus fieldwork or Zoom meetings.
    • Scheduling the entrance conference.
    • Scheduling weekly status meetings and the informal exit conference.
    • Facilitating the audit process during fieldwork.
    • Work with the department being audited to respond to the Preliminary Draft report.
    • Responds to the Incomplete Draft report with the campus’s agreed-upon changes.
    • Work with the department being audited to submit proof of the corrective action/follow-up to close the recommendation.
  • What if we’re late submitting our corrective action follow-up?
    Follow-up submissions are due three weeks before each Board of Trustee’s (BOT) meeting to be processed and included in the updated matrix presented to the audit committee at the BOT meeting. If we’re late submitting the appropriate follow-up documentation that clears the finding, our campus will show as late on the matrix presented. Our President could be called to address the delay to the audit committee at the BOT meeting.
  • How can I report improper governmental activities?
    You can learn more on the HR page about submitting a whistleblower complaint.
  • Where can I find more information about CSU internal reports for Chico State and other campuses?
    Visit the California State University Chancellor's Office page of audit reports, to search by title, category, year or campus.