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Reporting Fraud, Waste or Abuse: at Tennessee Tech
Reporting Fraud, Waste or Abuse
State law requires all public institutions of higher education to provide a means by which students,
employees, or others may report suspected or known fraud, waste or abuse. In addition, Tennessee
Tech University (TTU) is committed to the responsible stewardship of our resources.
Whether you are part of departmental management, a faculty or staff member, a student, or an
interested citizen, we encourage you to report known or suspected fraud, waste or abuse by
employees, outside contractors, or vendors.
Actions to Report?
Activities such as the following, either known or suspected, should be reported:

  • Theft or misappropriation of funds, supplies, property, or other university/college resources
  • Forgery or alteration of documents
  • Unauthorized alteration or manipulation of computer files
  • Improper and wasteful activity
  • Falsification of reports to management or external agencies
  • Pursuit of a benefit or advantage in violation of TTU’s conflict of interest policy
  • Authorization or receipt of compensation for hours not worked
    Be Reasonably Certain!
    Before making allegations of fraud, waste or abuse, be reasonably certain of any claims. Such
    allegations can seriously and negatively impact the accused individual’s life and adversely affect
    the working environment of the department.
    Reporting Options
    Several options are available to all TTU employees, students and others for reporting known or
    suspected fraud, waste or abuse. You may report your concerns:
  • To your supervisor or department head
  • To an official on campus
  • To TTU Internal Audit at 931-372-3045
  • To TTU Internal Audit via the Fraud, Waste or Abuse report form at
  • To the Tennessee Comptroller’s Hotline for Fraud, Waste or Abuse at 1-800-232-5454 or at
    this site: .
    If you are a supervisor, department head, or campus official and you receive a report of fraud,
    waste or abuse, contact Internal Audit at 931-372-3045 for further assistance.
    When Internal Audit receives allegations of fraud, waste or abuse by an employee, outside
    contractor, or vendor, they are required to conduct an investigation.
    Departmental management should not attempt to conduct investigations nor alert suspected
    employees of an impending investigation.
    In an investigation, objectives may include verifying the facts, maintaining objectivity and
    confidentiality, determining responsibility, and recommending corrective actions to help ensure
    that similar actions do not occur in the future.
    Protection under State Law
    As Internal Audit investigates allegations of fraud, waste or abuse, the reporting individual’s
    confidentiality is protected under Tennessee Code Annotated Title 10, Chapter 7 (subject to court
    action requiring disclosure). If TTU has a separate legal obligation to investigate the complaint
    (e.g., complaints of illegal harassment or discrimination), TTU cannot guarantee anonymity or
    complete confidentiality. State law prohibits discrimination or retaliation of any kind against
    employees who report, in good faith, allegations of fraud, waste or abuse.
    Reporting Responsibility
    Internal Audit has reporting responsibility to the Audit Committee of the Tennessee Tech Board of
    Trustees. This reporting relationship enables them to independently and objectively review matters
    involving any level of administration at TTU.
    TTU Policy on Preventing and Reporting Fraud, Waste or Abuse
    For additional information, see TTU Policy 131, Preventing and Reporting Fraud, Waste or Abuse
    and TTU Policy 514, Reporting and Resolution of Institutional Losses.
    Preventing Fraud, Waste or Abuse
    TTU management is responsible for establishing and implementing systems and procedures to
    prevent and detect fraud, waste or abuse.
    The basic elements of a proper control system include:
  • Creating a culture of honesty and high ethics
  • Evaluating risks and implementing processes, procedures and controls to prevent, deter
    and detect fraud, waste or abuse
  • Developing an appropriate oversight process
    Management at all levels of TTU should review the information that is available from the American
    Institute of Certified Public Accountants in the document, Management Antifraud Programs and
    Controls: Guidance to Help Prevent and Deter Fraud, at their website:
    Please contact Internal Audit at 931-372-3045 if you need assistance in reviewing risks, processes,
    procedures or internal controls.
    Tennessee Tech does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination against any individual on the basis of race,
    religion, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, veteran status, and any other bases
    protected by federal and state civil rights law. The Affirmative Action Director has been designated to handle employee
    discrimination complaints and can be reached at, PO Box 5132, Cookeville, TN, 38505, 931-372-
  1. The Title IX Coordinator has been designated to handle student discrimination complaints and can be reached at, PO Box 5037, Cookeville, TN 38505, 931-372-6062.
    Revised September 2017

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