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UCA leaders release audit findings

The university has signed a contract with a third-party hotline agency so anyone can report fraud anonymously.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- In a fourteen page report, the University's Internal Audit division recommended school leaders "create a comprehensive fraud board policy and implement a confidential hotline for all UCA employees, students, and vendors."

The audit details two occasions when former chief of staff Jack Gillean could not find his master keys, but no one documented it.  The audit said leaders didn't find the missing key to be a critical issue because it didn't allow entrance into the dorms, only to academic and administrative buildings.

But according to the audit, this spring, University leaders learned student cameron stark told a Financial Aid employee he had Gillean's master key and later the employee's prescription pills came up missing from his desk.

"It's something that shouldn't have happened, but we acknowledge the things that were wrong procedurally and otherwise where documentation wasn't provided," said UCA President Tom Courtway.

Courtway promised to consider the recommendations from the auditors, which include keeping a log of lost, missing, and found keys.  Plus, the university has signed a contract with a third-party hotline agency so anyone can report fraud anonymously.

Auditors said that hotline will prevent future fraudulent behavior and actions by upper administrators.

"We will do our best to ensure that that does not happen again and that's what we're going to embark on," Courtway said.

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