November 10, 2015
The Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe
Governor of Virginia
The Honorable John C. Watkins
Chairman, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Board of Visitors
The University of Virginia
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT
Report On Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the business-type activities and aggregate discretely presented component units of the University of Virginia, a component unit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as of and for the year ended June 30, 2015, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise the University’s basic financial statements as listed in the table of contents.
Management’s Responsibility For The Financial Statements
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements based on our audit. We did not audit the financial statements of the aggregate discretely presented component units of the University, which are discussed in Note 1. Those financial statements were audited by other auditors whose reports thereon have been furnished to us, and our opinion, insofar as it relates to the amounts included for the component units of the University, is based on the reports of the other auditors.
We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The financial statements of the component units of the University that were audited by other auditors upon whose reports we are relying were audited in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, but not in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a reasonable basis for our audit opinions.
In our opinion, based on our audit and the reports of other auditors, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the business-type activities and aggregate discretely presented component units of the University as of June 30, 2015, and the respective changes in financial position and cash flows, where applicable, thereof for the year then ended, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Emphasis Of Matter
The University of Virginia’s basic financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2015, reflect the provisions of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) Statements No. 68 and No. 71, related to pension accounting and financial reporting for employers. The University of Virginia implemented the requirements of GASB Statements No. 68 and No. 71 in accordance with their required effective date. See Note 1 in the accompanying financial statements for the impact of the standard’s implementation. Our opinion is not modified with respect to this matter.
Prior-Year Summarized Comparative Information
We have previously audited the University of Virginia’s 2014 financial statements, and we expressed an unmodified audit opinion on the respective financial statements in our report dated November 5, 2014. In our opinion, while the summarized comparative information presented herein as of and for the year ended June 30, 2014, is consistent, in all material respects, with the audited financial statements from which it has been derived, it does not include the necessary adjustments for the 2014 financial statements to be comparative with the 2015 financial statements as described in Note 1.
Required Supplementary Information
Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America require that the Management’s Discussion and Analysis on pages 7 through 15, the Schedule of the University of Virginia’s Share of Net Pension Liability, the Schedule of Employer Contributions, the Notes to Required Supplementary Information and the Funding Progress for Other Postemployment Benefit Plans on page 62 be presented to supplement the basic financial statements. Such information, although not a part of the basic financial statements, is required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board who considers it to be an essential part of the financial reporting for placing the basic financial statements in an appropriate operational, economic, or historical context. We have applied certain limited procedures to the required supplementary information in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, which consisted of inquiries of management about the methods of preparing the information and comparing the information for consistency with management’s responses to our inquiries, the basic financial statements, and other knowledge we obtained during our audit of the basic financial statements. We do not express an opinion or provide any assurance on the information because the limited procedures do not provide us with sufficient evidence to express an opinion or provide any assurance.
Other Reporting Required by Government Auditing Standards
In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated November 10, 2015, on our consideration of the University of Virginia’s internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering the University’s internal control over financial reporting and compliance.
AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS