Internal Audit

The Internal Audit department is dedicated to improving the operations of Pellissippi State Community College by providing independent and objective reviews of College controls and procedures. Findings and recommendations are reported to the President, the Audit Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. By monitoring and advising on areas of potential vulnerability, the Department assists everyone in the Pellissippi State community to uphold the highest standards of business conduct.


The Internal Audit department has the following core values:


To exhibit fairness, honesty, and ethical behavior in services to the College.


To perform duties in an unbiased manner, i.e., based on an informed analysis of the issues and a clear understanding of the operations affected.


To provide accurate reports and timely, feasible, and relevant recommendations.


To collaborate with colleagues and clients to provide services that improve the College's effectiveness and efficiency.


To develop creative and innovative approaches to key issues facing the College.

The department provides three major services:

Internal Audits

An audit is a detailed review of a department, area or function. The objective and scope of the audit can include:

  • Compliance with policies, laws and regulations;
  • An evaluation of controls designed to prevent and detect errors and to safeguard assets; and/or,
  • An assessment of overall operating efficiency.

The Department conducts an annual risk assessment process to identify the major areas within the Pellissippi State Community College that require audit attention.

Management Advisory Services

Although a department, area or function may not be scheduled for an audit, College managers are welcome to ask for Internal Audit's assistance in reviewing and providing feedback on draft policies and procedures, new product or system proposals, and more.


The Internal Audit Department is also responsible for investigating wrongful or fraudulent acts. Prevention of fraud begins with a commitment by College management to establish and maintain an effective system of controls and to be aware of risk exposures. What's more, every member of the Pellissippi State community has a responsibility to comply with College policies and procedures and to report known or suspected fraudulent activity. If you believe that fraud is occurring at Pellissippi State Community College, please contact the Internal Audit Department at 865-694-6648.


Audit Charter

Fraud, Waste and Abuse Brochure

Contact Us

Suzanne L. Walker
Director, Internal Audit
Fax: 865.694.6435

Jason Patterson
Senior Network & Technical Security Auditor