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In order to facilitate decisions, internal investigations are sometimes necessary. The focus of this operational memorandum is directed to those official actions generally led by the district director of internal audit and/or the executive district director of human resources at the request of the chancellor or other cabinet member(s). The district legal counsel may serve as a resource to either Human Resources or Internal Audit, and will generally make recommendations on the use of outside legal counsel when necessary. In rare cases, the district legal counsel may serve as the primary investigator, but since he would be primary legal representation in future related court actions, his involvement is normally secondary and advisory. Depending upon the circumstances, all three operational areas may be required to work closely in order to bring closure in a fair and expedient manner.
Issues related to appropriate fiduciary actions and business procedures are generally investigated via district internal audit. These would include, but are not limited to, alleged theft of district funds or property by employees, alleged theft of district property by outside contractors, missing district property, any fraudulent activity by employees or contractors, etc. In certain instances the director of internal audit may be required to work in conjunction with the college police department to ensure that adequate evidence is gathered should criminal prosecution be warranted. District legal counsel will be advised of all investigations initiated and will be consulted as necessary. The director of internal audit will work closely with local college management, as appropriate, on all investigations pertaining to their location. If the circumstances warrant it, the director of internal audit may call upon the expertise of other district personnel for assistance with the investigations.
Issues related to people (employees) that may result in action including, but not limited to, suspension without notice and termination, and complaints in areas of Equal Employment Opportunity and sexual harassment are generally investigated via District Human Resources (the district).