Director’s Message

Message from AMAS Director Stephen G. Colicci


Like any major institution of higher education in America, Syracuse University is a very diverse and complex organization. With more than 15,000 undergraduate & graduate students preparing for promising careers studying a wide range of academic programs, and over 4,000 faculty & staff to teach and support them, SU is a very busy and exciting place. For all of this activity to work in harmony in an environment reflecting the University’s core values, an effective system of internal controls (i.e. policies, processes and procedures) needs to be in place to both support the academic enterprise, and at the same time promote fiscal responsibility and good business practices. It is the responsibility of the Office of Audit and Management Advisory Services (AMAS) to conduct audits to evaluate this system of internal controls and offer recommendations for improvement.

To many people, the thought of being audited can be a scary thing. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. The internal audit function here at Syracuse University serves in the role of an administrative consultant, providing an objective appraisal of operations and offering constructive suggestions for improvement. We aim to conduct our audits as efficiently and effectively as possible, while causing minimal disruption and/or anxiety on the part of the department and personnel being audited. This website will help you to understand how and why we do what we do, what your responsibilities are during an audit, along with a wealth of helpful tips and suggestions which will aid you in evaluating the internal control environment in your area of responsibility.