FINANCIAL POLICIES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents
1.0
APPLICATION OF THESE FINANCIAL POLICIES .......................................................................... 6
2.0
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE ..................................................................................................... 6
CHAPTER 1: ACCOUNTING ........................................................................................................................ 8
Policy 1-1 ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS ................................................................... 8
Policy 1-2 INTERFACE WITH THE STATE FINANCIAL SYSTEM .......................................................... 8
Policy 1-3 DELEGATED AUTHORITY ...................................................................................................... 8
Policy 1-4 FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND INTERNAL CONTROLS ................................................ 8
Policy 1-5 REPORTING OF FRAUD, THEFT, OR EMBEZZLEMENT ..................................................... 9
Policy 1-6 ACCOUNTABILITY AND CAPITALIZATION OF EQUIPMENT .............................................. 9
CHAPTER 2: DISBURSEMENTS ............................................................................................................... 10
Policy 2-1 PROPRIETY OF EXPENDITURES ..................................................................................... 10
Policy 2-2 COMMITMENT VOUCHERS ............................................................................................... 11
2.2.1
Use of Commitment Vouchers ............................................................................................. 11
2.2.2
Dollar Limits and Requirements ........................................................................................... 11
2.2.3
Purchase Orders .................................................................................................................. 13
2.2.4
University Contracts ............................................................................................................. 14
2.2.5
After-the-Fact Purchases ..................................................................................................... 14
2.2.6
Advance Payments .............................................................................................................. 14
2.2.7
Emergencies ........................................................................................................................ 15
2.2.8
Vendor Agreements ............................................................................................................. 16
2.2.9
Purchase Order Terms and Conditions See Appendix B. .................................................... 16
Policy 2-3 RECEIVING REPORTS ....................................................................................................... 16
2.3.1
Purchase of Goods ............................................................................................................... 16
2.3.2
Purchase of Services ........................................................................................................... 16
Policy 2-4 PURCHASE DISCOUNTS ................................................................................................... 16
Policy 2-5 INTEREST PAYMENTS ON DELINQUENT PAYABLES .................................................... 16
Policy 2-6 OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS AND TRAINING FUNCTIONS ...................................................... 17
Policy 2-7 MISCELLANEOUS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS (PERQUISITES)............ 17
2.7.1
Honoraria .............................................................................................................................. 17
2.7.2
Events Sponsored by the University .................................................................................... 18
2.7.3
Meals .................................................................................................................................... 18
2.7.4
Temporary Housing Provided to Visitors and Guests .......................................................... 18
2.7.5
Uniforms and Maintenance of Uniforms ............................................................................... 18


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2.7.6
Authorized Commuting ......................................................................................................... 18
2.7.7
Memberships ........................................................................................................................ 18
Policy 2-8 MOVING and RELOCATION ALLOWANCE........................................................................ 19
2.8.1
Background and Purpose ..................................................................................................... 19
2.8.2
Policy .................................................................................................................................... 19
2.8.3
Criteria .................................................................................................................................. 19
2.8.4
Reimbursable Expenses ...................................................................................................... 19
2.8.5
Non-Reimbursable Expenses .............................................................................................. 21
Policy 2-9 ALCOHOL PURCHASE ....................................................................................................... 21
2.9.1
Purpose and Application ...................................................................................................... 21
2.9.2
Purchase of Alcohol while in Travel Status .......................................................................... 22
2.9.3
Quantity of Alcohol Purchased ............................................................................................. 22
2.9.4
Procurement and Accounting ............................................................................................... 22
2.9.5
Required Approvals .............................................................................................................. 22
2-10
OUT-OF-POCKET REIMBURSEMENTS ............................................................................ 22
2.10.1 Receipt Thresholds .............................................................................................................. 22
Policy 3-1 UNIVERSITY CONTRACTS .................................................................................................. 23
3.1
CATEGORIES ...................................................................................................................... 23
3.1.1
Expenditure Contracts .......................................................................................................... 23
3.1.2
Revenue Contracts ............................................................................................................... 23
3.1.3
Other Contract Types ........................................................................................................... 24
3.2
POLICY ................................................................................................................................ 24
3.3
CONTENT OF UNIVERSITY CONTRACTS ........................................................................ 24
3.3.1
Expenditure Contracts, Debt Contracts, and Price Agreements .......................................... 24
3.3.2
Content for other Contract Types ......................................................................................... 25
3.3.3
Provisions for All Contract Types ......................................................................................... 26
3.4
APPROVED UNIVERSITY CONTRACT FORMS ............................................................... 26
3.4.1
Capital Construction Contracts ............................................................................................ 26
3.4.2
Model Contracts ................................................................................................................... 26
3.4.3
Contract Amendments .......................................................................................................... 26
3.4.4
Real Property Lease Agreements ........................................................................................ 27
3.4.5
Special Provisions ................................................................................................................ 27
3.4.6
Waived Contracts ................................................................................................................. 27
3.4.7
Other contract forms ............................................................................................................. 27
3.5
UNIVERSITY CONTRACT APPROVALS ............................................................................ 27
3.6
UNIVERSITY CONTRACT LEGAL REVIEW ....................................................................... 28
3.7
BUSINESS OPERATIONS REVIEW AND APPROVAL ...................................................... 29


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3.8
ENCUMBRANCES ............................................................................................................... 29
3.9
MONITORING OF STATE CONTRACTS ............................................................................ 29
3.10
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIP ............................................................. 30
3.11
EXCEPTIONS ...................................................................................................................... 30
3.12
SPECIAL PROVISIONS ....................................................................................................... 30
CHAPTER 4: CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION ................................................................................................. 31
Policy 4-1 CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION .................................................................. 31
4.1.1
Thresholds for Contracts versus Purchase Orders .............................................................. 31
4.1.2
Modifications to Thresholds.................................................................................................. 31
Policy 4-2 STATE CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ................................................................. 31
4.2.1
The State Capital Construction Fund ................................................................................... 31
4.2.2
State Capital Construction Project Retainage ...................................................................... 32
CHAPTER 5: TRAVEL ................................................................................................................................ 33
5.1
POLICY ................................................................................................................................ 33
5.1.1
Reimbursement .................................................................................................................... 33
5.1.2
Traveler’s Responsibilities.................................................................................................... 33
5.1.3
Approving Authority’s Responsibilities ................................................................................. 34
5.2
TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION ................................................................................................. 34
5.2.1
Travel Authorization When Charged to Federal Sponsored Research ................................ 34
5.3
TRAVEL ADVANCE ............................................................................................................. 34
5.3.1
Eligibility................................................................................................................................ 34
5.3.2
Amount of Advance .............................................................................................................. 35
5.3.3
Approval ............................................................................................................................... 35
5.3.4
Settlement of Advance ......................................................................................................... 35
5.4
ALLOWABLE EXPENSES WHILE IN TRAVEL STATUS .................................................... 35
5.4.1
Lodging ................................................................................................................................. 35
5.4.2
Meals and Incidental Expenses ........................................................................................... 35
5.4.3
Transportation ...................................................................................................................... 36
5.4.4
Gratuities/Tips ...................................................................................................................... 39
5.4.5
Other Al owable Expenses While In Travel Status ............................................................... 39
5.4.6
Non-Business Days .............................................................................................................. 39
5.4.7
Summary of Allowable Expenses While In Travel Status .................................................... 40
5.4.8
Appropriate Source of Funds ............................................................................................... 40
5.5
UNALLOWABLE TRAVEL EXPENSES WHILE IN TRAVEL STATUS ............................... 40
5.6
CERTIFICATION AND APPROVAL ..................................................................................... 41
5.6.1
Approval ............................................................................................................................... 41
5.7.1
Timing ................................................................................................................................... 41


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5.7.2
Unsubstantiated Reimbursements ....................................................................................... 41
5.7.3
Receipts................................................................................................................................ 41
5.8
PAYMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES .................................................................................. 42
5.8.1
Electronic Reimbursement ................................................................................................... 42
5.8.2
Corporate Liability Cards ...................................................................................................... 42
5.9
SPECIAL SITUATIONS ........................................................................................................ 42
5.9.1
Travel Type Charges When Not in Travel Status ................................................................ 42
5.9.2
Travel to a Temporary Work Location .................................................................................. 42
5.9.3
Non-employee Travel ........................................................................................................... 43
5.9.4
Allowances for Travel Not Solely for Official University Business........................................ 43
5.9.6
Allowances for Travel with Spouse, Relatives, or Friends ................................................... 43
5.9.7
Staying with Friends/Family ................................................................................................. 44
5.9.8
Allowances for Travel by the Board of Trustees .................................................................. 44
CHAPTER 6: CASH .................................................................................................................................... 45
6.1
OVERVIEW .......................................................................................................................... 45
6.2
CASH SECURITY ................................................................................................................ 45
6.3
FUNDS TO BE DEPOSITED ............................................................................................... 45
6.3.1
Supporting Documentation ................................................................................................... 45
6.3.2
Deposit of Non-University Funds ......................................................................................... 45
6.4
AUTHORIZATION AND USE OF CHANGE FUND AND PETTY CASH FUNDS ............... 46
6.4.1
Creation, Approval, and Cancelation ................................................................................... 46
6.4.2
Custodians ........................................................................................................................... 46
6.4.3
Appropriate Use of Change Funds ....................................................................................... 46
6.4.4
Appropriate use of Petty Cash Funds .................................................................................. 47
6.5
PETTY CASH AND CHANGE FUND PROCEDURES ........................................................ 47
6.6
THEFT OF CHANGE FUND ................................................................................................ 47
6.7
CREDIT CARDS .................................................................................................................. 48
CHAPTER 7: DEFICIT SPENDING ............................................................................................................ 49
Policy 7-1 DEFICIT SPENDING.............................................................................................................. 49
CHAPTER 8: REPORTING ......................................................................................................................... 50
Policy 8-1 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ................................................................................................... 50
Policy 8-2 PERIODIC FINANCIAL REPORTING.................................................................................... 50
Policy 8-3 COST ALLOCATION PLANS ................................................................................................. 50
CHAPTER 9: PAYROLL ............................................................................................................................. 52
Policy 9-1 DIRECT DEPOSIT ................................................................................................................. 52
Policy 9-2 OVERPAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES .................................................................................... 52
Policy 9-3 FINAL PAY FOR A TERMINATING EMPLOYEE .................................................................. 52


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Policy 9-4 PROPER TIMESHEET REPORTING .................................................................................... 52
APPENDIX A - DEFINITIONS..................................................................................................................... 54
APPENDIX B – PURCHASE ORDER TERMS AND CONDITIONS .......................................................... 58
APPENDIX C – CONTRACTS SPECIAL PROVISIONS ............................................................................ 63
APPENDIX D - EXAMPLES OF SENSITIVE EXPENDITURES................................................................. 66





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