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A Commitment to Fiscal Stewardship

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Cal State San Marcos is committed to transparency, fiscal stewardship and the public trust. Together, we are deeply committed to and passionate about our institutional mission and the students who inspire us. This website will serve as a repository of communications and information related to matters of fiscal stewardship.

Background on July 2019 Matter

In July 2019, President Ellen Neufeldt and the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office received a complaint alleging excessive spending and the misuse of public funds by a California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) employee. As a result of the complaint, President Neufeldt requested an investigation by the CSU Office of Audit and Advisory Services. Additionally, she directed Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) to complete a comprehensive review of travel expenditures across all divisions, including expenditures funded by both the state and CSUSM Corporation.

Travel Update July 14, 2020

CSUSM has completed an internal review of university travel from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Read the Report

Travel Update May 8, 2020

Although all travel restrictions still apply, the Travel Office has been working diligently to improve our processes and protocols. We are grateful for the input of individuals and groups across campus who have brought forward recommendations for reducing redundancies and increase efficiencies as related to our university-wide commitment to fiscal stewardship.

Read the Travel Update


ASI Memo on Audited Financial Statements April 24, 2020

Read the Memorandum related to financial irregularities discovered by ASI Management. This matter is unrelated to the July 2019 matter.


A Video Message From President Neufeldt


Important Links

View the report from the
CSU Audit and Advisory Services
Following a complaint alleging excessive spending and the misuse of public funds, President Neufeldt requested an independent investigation from the CSU.

Read the CSUSM
Internal Review Report

CSUSM also completed an internal comprehensive review of all travel expenditures, including travel funded by both the state and the CSUSM Corporation.

Learn about the steps
CSUSM is taking

CSUSM is committed to leading from our shared values and is taking immediate action.

Share your feedbackPlease let us know if you have ideas, suggestions or know of ways to better enhance CSUSM’s value of fiscal stewardship.

Past Fiscal Stewardship Communications

Sept. 5, 2019
Oct. 15, 2019
Feb. 13, 2020
Feb. 28, 2020
May 7, 2020