Overview of Investigation Process
The first step is generally preliminary fact-finding to determine if the complaint warrants an investigative review. If the complaint may be more appropriately addressed by another area such as Human Resources for personnel issues, Student Services for student issues, Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity for affirmative action issues, USU Police Department for criminal issues, University Counsel for legal issues, it is referred to the appropriate area.
After the preliminary review, assistance may be requested from the unit head, the University's General Counsel or the University Police Department.
For each investigation, assigned Internal Audit Services' personnel must document their independence from the issues presented.
Fact-finding and evidence-gathering procedures should be as objective as possible. Employee interviews are conducted as necessary. Evidence gathered should be from sources independent of the unit or subject employee when possible.
Reporting at the Conclusion
A report is issued to appropriate management and if necessary, to prosecuting officials.