TO: Faculty and Staff
FROM: Donald P. Christian, President
DATE: April 30, 2012
We make every effort to assure a working environment that is safe, effective, efficient, and that supports our collective and individual responsibilities to be ethical and accountable as public employees. Each of us plays a key role in achieving these goals, including by adhering to campus policies and internal controls.
The New York State Governmental Accountability, Audit and Internal Control Act of 1987 embodies New York State’s commitment to efficient and effective business practices, quality services, and ethics in the operations of State government. As part of the State University of New York, New Paltz is committed to the concepts and requirements of this legislation. In addition to general policies and standards, each employee is expected to comply with standards and policies applicable to his/her specific duties and responsibilities.
Internal controls are the methods and measures adopted by the College to meet its mission, and to promote performance leading to effective accomplishment of our goals and objectives. Internal controls promote organizational efficiency, safeguard assets, ensure accuracy and reliability, and ensure compliance with prescribed managerial policies and practices. All managers and employees are responsible for adhering to the internal controls established by the College.
The Office of Internal Controls has responsibility for providing specific training for all supervisors to enhance our ability to accomplish our campus goals and objectives. In addition, the office can provide further training for individuals, departments, or broader audiences. If there are areas in which training might benefit you and your department, please do not hesitate to call the Office of Internal Controls.
New York State passed a new ethics law: “Public Integrity” Reform Act of 2011, to restore the public’s trust and confidence in government agencies. A part of the Act was amended to establish standards of conduct, both while in State service and after separation. The Office of Internal Controls will be partnering with the campus ethics officer to provide training on the new ethics law in the coming months.
If you have any questions concerning this memo or the Internal Control program itself, please contact the campus Internal Control office, Peter Fairbrother at 257-6960.
We already are a well-run, thriving community and your continued support and diligence will help us continue meeting the expectations placed upon us as a public institution.