Returned Check Policy

Title: Returned Check Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the Bursar
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of the Bursar
Contact Information: (860) 486-4830
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The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with state guidelines on processing and accounting for returned checks. (State of CT Accounting Manual, Receipts, Section 4.1).


This policy applies to all departments receiving checks on behalf of the University as well as all customers and students paying the University for goods and/or services.


Checks deposited by the University and then returned by the bank for insufficient funds or any other reason are the responsibility of the depositing department to recover any money still owed to the University.  The department or student is charged back, including any bank fees as applicable.


The Office of the Bursar charges customers/students a $25 fee for a check returned by the bank for any reason.  The Office of the Bursar will notify students with multiple returned checks that check payments will no longer be accepted and all future payments must be made in the form of money order, certified or cashier’s check or Western Union wire payment.  For non-student returned checks, it is the department’s responsibility to pursue collection of the funds and fees with the customer, and the individual department has the discretion to accept future checks.


The Office of the Bursar Cash Operations unit is notified by the bank if a check is returned to the University. Cash Operations sends the notification to the appropriate depositing department. It is the department’s responsibility to then submit the appropriate entry in the general ledger system to reflect the returned payment. Cash Operations approves the entry based on the debit to the University’s bank account.


Revisions:  Reviewed; Procedures updated, January 24, 2022