2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-3909. Audits - Audit Committee - Audit procedures and reports.

Universal Citation: 70 OK Stat § 70-3909 (2018)

A. In addition to such other audits as may be required of or desired by the various boards of regents responsible for the institutions of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, each board shall annually obtain the services of an independent accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting in this state to perform a complete financial audit for the preceding fiscal year of each institution for which the board is responsible. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall likewise annually obtain the services of an independent accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting in this state to perform a complete financial audit of all the offices, operations, and accounts of the State Regents which are not subject to the control of other boards of regents. The audits shall be filed in accordance with the requirements set forth for financial statement audits in Section 212A of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

B. Each board of regents shall appoint a standing Audit Committee of the board consisting of not fewer than three (3) board members. The Audit Committee shall be responsible for establishing the qualifications of any accounting firm or individual seeking to be hired to perform an audit for the board and shall recommend to the board the firms or individuals whom the board shall invite to submit competitive bids. The full board shall select the auditor from among the competitive bidders. Audit committees shall not recommend any firm or individual unwilling to meet the following specifications. The specifications shall be among the terms and conditions of any contract awarded:

1. All revolving fund accounts, special accounts, special agency accounts, auxiliary enterprise accounts, and technical area school district accounts, if any, shall be included within the scope of the audit;

2. Where operations of constituent agencies or technical area school districts are relevant to the complete financial audit of the institution, records of those enterprises shall be included within the scope of the audit;

3. To the extent required by subsection (d) of Section 4306 of this title, records of college- or university-related foundations shall be included within the scope of the audit;

4. At the conclusion of the audit, the auditor shall meet with the president of the institution and the Audit Committee to review the audit report to be issued, the management letter or other comments or suggestions to be issued, and any other findings; and

5. Findings of material weaknesses, qualifications of the auditor's report other than those deriving from inadequate plant records, and of defalcations, or a report of lack of such findings, shall be communicated in writing to the board, the State Auditor and Inspector, the Legislative Service Bureau, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with or in advance of the filing of the audit report required by Section 452.10 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and such written communications shall include any responses or other comments which the president or the Audit Committee wishes to have included.

C. The State Auditor and Inspector whenever he or she deems it appropriate, or upon receiving a written request to do so by the Governor, Attorney General, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the governing board of an institution of higher education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education or the president of an institution of higher education, shall conduct a special audit of any institution of higher education within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The special audit shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, a compliance audit as defined in subsection C of Section 213 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The State Auditor and Inspector shall have the power to take custody of any records necessary to the performance of the audit but shall minimize actual physical removal of or denial of access to such records. At the conclusion of the audit, the State Auditor and Inspector shall meet with the president of the institution and the Audit Committee of the board which governs the component audited to review the audit report to be issued. The report, when issued, shall include any responses to the audit which the president or the Audit Committee wishes to have included and shall be presented to the full board, the Legislative Service Bureau, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with or in advance of the filing required by Section 452.10 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The cost of such audit shall be borne by the audited entity and may be defrayed in whole or in part by any federal funds available for that purpose.

D. Each board of regents shall require the employment of a sufficient number of internal auditors to meet the board's fiduciary responsibilities. Internal audits shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Sections 228 and 229 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The internal auditors shall submit a report directly and simultaneously to the audit committee of the board and the president of the institution; all members of the board of regents governing the institution, however, shall receive all internal audit reports and the board of regents shall, at least annually, review and prescribe the plan of work to be performed by the internal auditors.

E. Any person who alters or destroys records needed for the performance of an audit or causes or directs a subordinate to do such acts shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a period of not more than five (5) years or by a fine of not more than Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. Such person shall also be subject to immediate removal from office or employment.

Added by Laws 1987, c. 229, § 6, eff. July 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 319, § 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 287, § 1; Laws 1994, c. 317, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 290, § 13, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 577, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 417, eff. July 1, 1999.

NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 577 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.

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