As we work together to support our students and carry out our mission, it is essential to recognize the importance of sustaining a safe, compliant and principled campus environment. One way we can continue to advance our goals is to follow the tenets of our internal control program. To that end, I want to take this opportunity to affirm my ongoing commitment to internal control awareness and risk management at SUNY Oneonta. Internal controls are practices adopted by the college to promote effectiveness, efficiency and compliance while minimizing risks to our physical, and human resources, focusing on:
- The “control environment:” Ethics, integrity, and our college and system leadership’s commitment to honest and ethical practices. All members of the campus community set an example to our students and colleagues through our daily actions as we strive toward excellence in this manner.
- Risk Assessment: As we plan initiatives and work toward short and long-term goals, we carefully consider risk and work to mitigate potential threats.
- Control Activities: We comply with laws, policies and regulations and engage in preventive and detective measures to protect our personnel, finances, data, and reputation.
- Information and Communication: We strive to provide our faculty, staff and students with the accurate and timely information they need to ensure the continued functioning of our internal control program.
- Evaluation: We conduct ongoing reviews to determine whether our internal controls are functioning properly and correct any identified weaknesses.
Each member of the campus community has a role in ensuring an effective internal control program. By being good stewards of our resources, modeling ethical behavior while meeting our job requirements, and suggesting opportunities for improvement, we can advance our internal control practices each day.
Vice President for Finance and Administration Julie Piscitello serves as the college’s Internal Control Officer and is responsible for oversight of our program. Please become more familiar with the program and your individual responsibilities by visiting our Internal Control Program webpage.