What is Fraud?

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, fraud is defined as any intentional or deliberate act to deprive another of property or money by guile, deception, or other unfair means.

Fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of fact for the purpose of depriving the University permanently of property or legal right to property. Examples include, but are not limited to:

~ Corruption: conflicts of interest, bribery, illegal gratuities, and economic extortion.

~ Cash asset misappropriation: larceny, skimming, check tampering, and fraudulent disbursements, including billing, payroll, and expense reimbursement schemes.

~ Non-cash asset misappropriation: larceny, false asset requisitions, destruction, removal or inappropriate use of records and equipment, inappropriate disclosure of confidential information, and document forgery or alteration.

~ Fraudulent statements: financial reporting, employment credentials, and external reporting.

~ Fraudulent actions by customers, vendors or other parties include bribes or inducements, and fraudulent (rather than erroneous) invoices from a supplier or information from a  customer.

University of Kansas administrators and all levels of management are responsible for preventing and detecting instances of fraud and related misconduct and for establishing and maintaining proper internal controls that provide security and accountability for the resources entrusted to them. Administrators are also expected to recognize risks and exposures inherent in their area of responsibility, and be aware of indications of fraud or related misconduct.

University Fraud Policy

University Whistleblower Policy

*Kansas State Statute 21-3910 "Misuse of public funds"

 


University of Kansas Hotline

The University of Kansas recognizes its obligation to employees and constituents to maintain the highest ethical standards. The University has established a hotline, administered by EthicsPoint, to facilitate anonymous reporting of activities that may involve suspected fraud or other wrongdoing.  You may use either of the following two methods to submit a report.

1) Select the "Make a Report" link under the "Hotline" menu option of this web page or click here.

2) Dial toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada: 844-420-9065

After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a "report key."  Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place.  After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.

EthicsPoint is NOT a 911 or Emergency Service.  Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities.

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