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Nicholls State University

Internal Audit Department

What does Internal Audit Look for?

Basically, Internal Audit looks at what is happening and compares it to what should be happening, as defined by:

  • Laws, rules, regulations, policies
  • Sound business practices
  • Strategic Planning – clarity of objectives/goals; risk assessment
  • Culture, Management Style, Synergism
  • Knowledge of authority
  • Clarity of responsibilities
  • Communication
  • Awareness of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies
  • Presence of controls to ensure objective are achieved
  • Segregation of responsibilities
  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation and continuous improvement


Audit Process