Internal Audit’s purpose is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting activities designed to add value to the institution’s operations. To accomplish this purpose, the Internal Audit Office adheres to The Institute of Internal Auditors' (IIA) mandatory guidance including the Definition of Internal Auditing, the Codes of Ethics, the Core Principles for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) found at The Institute of Internal Auditors. Tennessee Tech Internal Audit is also subject to the provisions of Tennessee Tech Policy 130 - Internal Audit.
The Tennessee Tech Internal Audit office performs a variety of audits. Some are based on an annual plan developed using the results of internal and enterprise-wide risk assessments. Others are required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), the State Comptroller's Office, or other agencies, and some are the result of a special request or report of fraud, waste, or abuse. These generally result in a report which is sent to the unit being audited, the President, the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees Audit Committee, and State Audit. These reports typically contain observations, findings, recommendations, and management’s responses as applicable given the results of the audit.
In addition to audits that result in a report, Internal Audit periodically performs Sponsored Program Reviews, other specialized reviews, and consulting services.