Delegation of Authority

For the University to operate efficiently and effectively, authority must be delegated to appropriate managers to conduct business on behalf of the University. While delegating authority optimizes operational performance, it also increases risk that individuals will exercise their delegations of authority in ways that are contrary to the University’s best interests. Accordingly, the University must have adequate screening policies and procedures in place to help ensure trustworthy individuals are hired and placed in positions of authority. In addition, personnel must be adequately trained in their responsibilities so they exercise their delegated authority in an informed manner.  Finally, the positions with delegated authority need to be clearly defined, including proper segregation of duties, in order to prevent individuals from committing acts of fraud against the University.