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UK audit reveals misuse of more than $250,000 by two former employees in College of Education


The two employees are no longer at UK, the internal audit has been referred to law enforcement officials for their review and the college’s financial operations will be directly overseen by the Office of the Provost.

Those measures are part of a series of reforms being undertaken in the College of Education as well as financial and business processes throughout the institution.

David W. Blackwell

“The University of Kentucky is a nearly $5 billion enterprise. We are the largest employer in the region by far and one of the largest in the state,” said Provost David W. Blackwell in announcing the findings of the audit. “We must demonstrate to each other and all those we serve that we will be responsible stewards of the resources we generate and those with which we are entrusted. In those rare circumstances when that trust is violated, we must move swiftly — and communicate transparently — about where problems occurred and how we are moving to correct them. That is what has happened here. It is what will — and must — occur as we move forward as Kentucky’s university.”

The internal audit can be foundhere



• Carpenter was an administrative support associate in the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education department. Carpenter was suspended within days after the review began, and she resigned from the college days later. She is permanently ineligible for rehire by the university.





2) Preapproval from a supervisor for making procard purchaseswas not required, as policies dictated.

3) Approval documents, including signatures,购买通常是伪造的,并且没有被监测,因为在学院的金融体系中所需的政策。

An example of forged signatures and altered dates discovered by the UK audit. (Click to enlarge)





• Blackwell will work with College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig on the transition of the college’s financial operations. The vast majority of the inappropriate activity occurred under previous college leadership. Vasquez Heilig came to UK last year and has pledged his commitment to the reorganization, which will include required training for college leadership with any financial responsibilities. Formalized development of business officers within each unit of the college will be undertaken to ensure that processes and procedures are followed uniformly.


University-wide measures




• The central administrative units of the university — Human Resources, University Budget Office, Information Technology Services, Facilities Management, Purchasing and University Financial Services — will be implementing additional monitoring and steps to ensure greater coordination of the business functions throughout the institution.

“When someone does not perform to the standards we expect and demand, there will be consequences. Further, we will move in a transparent and comprehensive fashion to ensure that the behavior is not repeated,” Monday said. “The vast majority of people in our community are committed to practices consistent with our policies and procedures. We cannot allow the actions of a few people to tarnish the work and commitment of an entire community.”



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