The Office of Internal Audit is charged with promoting good governance by evaluating the internal controls and efficiency and effectiveness of PCC. This includes auditing the performance and financial integrity of District departments, evaluating internal controls over programs and processes, examining compliance with Federal and State regulations, and promoting efficiency through a variety of special projects and initiatives. The Office of Internal Audit is also responsible for the District’s Tip Hotline, which receives and tracks complaints related to fraud, wastes and abuse within the District.

What is fraud, waste, and abuse of
Pasadena City College resources?

Examples include:

  • Theft of District property, such as inventory or supplies
  • Using District property for personal use
  • Payroll or timekeeping fraud
  • Submitting invoices for fictitious or personal goods and services
  • Taking cash paid for District services
  • Stealing a check the District issued to another payee
  • Falsely reporting expenses for reimbursement
  • Accepting a bribe, kickback, or illegal gratuity
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Bid-fixing
  • Fraudulent reporting of student or employee information
  • Management override of internal controls
  • Financial Aid fraud

Tip Hotline

The PCC Tips Report Hotline is designed for reporting suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse of District resources by District employees (faculty, classified or management), contractors or vendors.

Have a tip?

There are 2 ways to report fraud 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

Call us at 626-585-7050

Submit a tip now using our online form


Complainants can choose to remain anonymous. The Internal Audit Department will maintain the confidentiality of all complaints, including documents (to the extent permitted by law).

We review all tips and will take appropriate action. For every tip we receive, we conduct preliminary fact finding and case analysis to determine if there is sufficient basis to undertake in-depth investigation. For every case, we can take one of the following course of action:

  • Conduct our own investigation: We investigate a case directly, depending on the severity and nature of the allegation and available resources.
  • Conduct a full audit: We expand our investigation of a tip to a performance audit when it appears the issue may be more widespread than an individual instance.
  • Direct a Department to investigate: We redirect a case to a department within the District where the claim is more appropriately investigated. Management of the assigning department then performs a review and informs the Office of Internal Audit of any findings and corrective action plan.
  • Request an outside agency to review the tip: Many allegations do not fall under the jurisdiction of the District. Such tips are referred to a city, county, state or federal agency for investigation. Examples of such include credit card fraud, unemployment fraud, mail fraud, etc.
  • Close a case if it lacks merit or sufficient information: Because cases can be made anonymously, we do not always obtain sufficient information to thoroughly investigate. In other instances, the case may lack merit to continue. We will close such cases during the initial review.