Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Ethics vs. Fraud: Similarities, Differences, and Ensuring Accountability

  • Sunday, July 30
  • 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Minneapolis Conv Ctr
  • 211C
  • BE


Jean Bushong



Greenwood Village, Colorado

Patricia Snopkowski

Chief Audit Executive

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon


Despite the many risk management processes that institutions have in place, fraud still occurs regularly in higher education. This highly interactive presentation emphasizes the importance of establishing an ethical culture and promoting ethical decision making with the ultimate goal of preventing fraud. Although some unethical decision making does not constitute fraud, such actions still have institution-wide ramifications. The speakers will discuss these concepts, in addition to examining recent scenarios that have occurred at universities and colleges.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between ethics and fraud.
  • Learn about fraud trends—and their connections to unethical office cultures—to better understand fraud risks in today’s higher education environment.
  • Put systems in place to help prevent fraud and unethical decision making from occurring at your own institution.