Columbus State to Participate in International Fraud Awareness Week

ifaw-logo-webThe University System of Georgia (USG) and Columbus State University are proud participants of International Fraud Awareness Week this week. In support of this effort, Columbus State will be hosting two activities and several online discussions to bring awareness to fraud and further promote an ethical culture on our campus.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in Davidson Auditorium – (free lunch for the first 100 attendees) -- Scott Voynich, CPA, managing partner of Robinson, Grimes & Company, P.C., the largest CPA firm in the region, will deliver a talk titled Ethical Behavior – There is no Second Option. Mr. Voynich is the former state president of the 10,000 member Georgia Society of CPAs and is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, which is the society’s highest honor. A former national chairman of the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors, Scott in 2011 received the AICPA Gold Medal, which is the Institute’s highest honor, and in 2012 he was named one of 125 people of impact over the last 125 years of the accounting profession. In 2008, Scott was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Fortune 500 Company Northwestern Mutual. His presentation is free and open to the public.


  • Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Schuster 130 – “What would you do?” Showing of the first Hunger Games movie, with a discussion to follow. All students are invited. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be served.


  • All week, the university will be posting ethical questions on its Facebook and Twitter accounts to spur an online discussion to promote an ethical culture at Columbus State.


SpiritofUSGNo organization or institution is exempt from the potential for fraud and the resulting risk to institutional reputation and its employees. Activities during this week will help bring awareness to fraud prevention and will reinforce the USG’s culture of recognizing the hard work of all employees and promote shared values of integrity, excellence, accountability and responsibility.

The theme for this week is “The SPIRIT of USG.” The activities planned will emphasize:





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This awareness program is part of a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program that includes ethics training, mandatory compliance training, assurance audits, consulting engagements and an ethics and compliance reporting hotline.

For more information regarding the SPIRIT of USG intent and activities, visit