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SUNY Oswego’s institutional priorities (of Student Success, Academic and Creative Excellence, Inclusive Community, Sustainable Institution, and Partnerships) guide the way as our university educates and prepares our students for success and meaningful lives as productive, responsible members of society. Our institutional priorities are also directly aligned with how our dedicated employees conduct business on a daily basis. A thriving, sustainable institution is the byproduct of effectively managing, positioning, and cultivating SUNY Oswego’s learner-centered approach.  For SUNY Oswego to remain a Sustainable Institution, both fiscally and environmentally, we must protect and manage our reserves well; cultivate and obtain new substantial development activities and partners; and continue to invest in campus-based actions that reduce our carbon footprint and other impacts on the natural environment. 

As an agency of New York State, SUNY Oswego is obligated to fulfill the requirements of the New York State Governmental Accountability, Audit and Internal Control Act of 1987. This legislation requires the establishment, in each state agency, of a system of internal controls designed to ensure that we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, and modeling ethical behavior while meeting our job requirements as employees of a public good, are ways that we put these core values into practice every day. Establishing and then following good systems of internal control are a means by which we incorporate these values into the fabric of our departments and offices.

Although we are each responsible for establishing internal control in our units, the formal reporting responsibility for reviewing internal controls and providing information and training about them has been assigned to the Finance and Budget division. From time to time your unit may be selected for an internal control review, which will be incorporated into our annual reporting process. To learn more about internal controls, please review the information on our Internal Control Department website at

Thank you fellow Lakers for your support, cooperation and engagement with our campus internal control team. These members of the university community are your colleagues, and their continued efforts are helping SUNY Oswego enhance our systems of internal control and ensure that appropriate accountability is achieved.

Mary C. Toale, Ed.D.
Officer in Charge
SUNY Oswego