Internal Audit

Welcome to the UWRF Internal Audit home page. The purpose of this website is to tell you who we are, what we do, and how we can help you. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions about the department, or need help in finding some specific information on our website, please feel free to call us at (715) 425-3094 or send an email to We value your feedback.

Mission Statement

The Office of Internal Audit supports the mission of the University by helping protect its assets and reputation.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • providing objective assurance and advice based on our reviews of operations and controls,
  • providing relevant analyses,
  • recommending improvements, and
  • promoting ethical behavior and compliance with policies and regulations.

Office of Internal Audit Charter 

Richard Stinson

Richard D. Stinson, Senior Internal Auditor: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Manager (CBM), Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Education: Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University. Major in Accountancy

Background:  Richard assumed the UWRF Senior Internal Auditor position as of February 23, 2009. Prior experience includes: Financial and Information Technology Auditor in Public Accounting, Sarbanes Oxley Consultant and Auditor for a Fortune 500 Consultancy, Private Sector Accounting Manager, Adjunct College Accounting Instructor, Professional Financial Services Seminar Leader, previously owned and managed: CPA Firm, CPA Review Course, and Sarbanes Oxley Consulting Firm.

Other Noteworthy Items: Richard has authored articles on Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement. He has presented seminars to Fortune 1000 Companies on Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement, Process-Based Accounting - Creating Accounting Systems to Be More Responsive to Management Needs, and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance. He has developed an approach to information technology auditing for use by UW System Auditors. He is currently researching and developing the fraud prevention and detection guidelines for use on all UWRF audits.

What We Do

  • Assist all levels of institutional management by assuring internal and external parties that the University's financial and non-financial resources are being properly managed and accounted for and the institution is complying with the applicable policies, laws and regulations.

  • Support the values and mission of the University community by

    • providing independent and objective management evaluations,

    • identifying actual or potential problems,

    • providing corrective guidance, and

    • suggesting ideas for improvement and effectiveness.

Why We Do It

As a service unit for the University Campus Community, the Office of Internal Audit

  • Provides management with information that will assist in the control of operations for which it is responsible and

  • Proposes recommendations to improve systems, procedures, and other internal controls designed to

    • safeguard University resources,

    • promote University mission toward academic excellence, and

    • ensure compliance with state, federal and local governments' laws and regulations.

How We Do It

Conduct risk-based, top-down, integrated audits

  • Risk-based: risk assessment is conducted

  • Top-down: management oversight evaluated

  • Integrated: internal controls evaluated*

  • Audits

    • Compliance

    • Operational

    • Financial

    • Information Systems

    • Investigative

*includes all direct and indirect internal controls

Useful Links

Code of Ethics for Classified Employees

Code of Ethics for Unclassified Employees

Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees

Identify Theft Consumer Tips

Identify Theft Victim Checklist

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

UWRF Internal Control Plan

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