Higher education institutions are often seen as hubs of advanced ethical thinking, so the idea that universities can also commit fraud is hard to believe by our community. In fact, fraud can occur within the scope of educational institutions and even research institutions.
Fraud in higher education institutions
According to a study released by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, among the common frauds that occur in higher education institutions, corruption is the most common, as it accounts for 38%. Corruption schemes in universities are mainly related to the abuse of power in business transactions, bribery, or conflicts of interest.
In addition, fraud invoices at universities are also quite common, where the institution would make payments by sending invoices for fictitious goods or services or by inflating the invoices.
In the USA, as reported by The Daily Signal, more than 50 people were involved in bribery cases to change test scores to get into colleges. In Indonesia, cases of inflating scores and even the falsification of diplomas often occur in several private universities.
The examples mentioned above are only a handful of fraud cases in educational institutions that have been revealed. Like a tip of the iceberg, there are still many other fraud cases that work under the radar. The difficulty of revealing fraud cases at universities is because of the decentralization function within the university structure. Moreover, the fact that universities’ main priorities being academics also makes it more difficult to detect fraud cases, because they are not an institutional priority.
Early fraud detection
Besides causing financial losses, occupational fraud in higher institutions can also harm morale and reputation. Fraud can impact the students. When the university commits fraud then the student considers it normal, it will cause a decrease in the quality of education and affect the credibility and reputation of the university.
Therefore, universities need to develop and sincerely implement ethical standards or codes of ethics to prevent fraud from occurring, one of which is by implementing a whistleblowing system. The whistleblowing system allows universities to detect fraud as early as possible, so that potential losses can be reduced.
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Writer: Aqilla Nasyia