Office of the Executive VP for Administration & CFO

Purchasing through Collaboration Contracts

 

Title: Purchasing through Collaboration Contracts
Policy Owner: Procurement Services
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: All campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: November 1, 2017
For More Information, Contact Matthew Larson, Director of Procurement Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-2616
Official Website: https://procurement.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

Most of UConn’s purchases are made simply to acquire good or services.  But in some instances purchases are made in the context of a broader collaboration with another higher education institution, a nonprofit organization, or an industry partner. This Policy is established pursuant to Section 2(b)(1)(C) and Section 3 of Public Act 17-130, which authorizes UConn to develop policies for purchases that are made as part of a Collaboration Contract (defined below).

The purpose of this Policy is to establish a framework for procedures pursuant to which UConn can enter into Collaboration Contracts.  Collaboration Contracts assist UConn in pursuing its teaching, research, clinical, public service, and economic development missions. Those missions are vital to discovery, innovation, and job creation in the State of Connecticut. Making purchases effectively and prudently in the context of Collaboration Contracts will help UConn to fulfill its missions. It will also help UConn more successfully compete with other institutions for Collaboration Contracts.

APPLIES TO

Faculty and staff on all campuses, including UConn Health.

DEFINITIONS

“Collaboration Contracts” are contracts described in Section 2(b)(1)(C) of Public Act 17-130, which are contracts in which the other party agrees to provide UConn with at least two of the following: (i) philanthropic support, (ii) sponsored research, (iii) research collaborations, (iv) employment opportunities for students, or (v) some other substantial value to UConn or the state.

“Collaborator” is UConn’s counterparty under a Collaboration Contract.

“Purchase” is the purchase of equipment, supplies, or services, or the lease of personal property.

“Simplified Acquisition Threshold” is a threshold set by the Federal Government for purchasing goods and services in a simplified manner that, as stated in Section 13.002 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, “[p]romote[s] efficiency and economy in contracting” and “avoid[s] unnecessary burdens.” The Simplified Acquisition Threshold is set in Subpart 2.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and is currently $150,000.

POLICY STATEMENT

  1. The President or the President’s designee shall adopt procedures for entering into Collaboration Contracts, including identifying Collaborators. Such procedures shall be consistent with this Policy.
  2. UConn shall enter into Collaboration Contracts and make Purchases from Collaborators in a manner consistent with applicable law, provided that the following shall be exempt from CGS §10a-151b(b) and regulations adopted pursuant to CGS §4e-47:
    1. Purchases through a Collaboration Contract under which both (i) the Collaborator’s contributions have substantial market value and (ii) such market value, plus any other benefits the Collaboration Contract will provide UConn, is expected to exceed UConn’s expenditures.
    2. Purchases up to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. UConn shall request quotations from at least three prospective vendors before making such purchases.
  3. The procedures adopted pursuant this Policy shall include a method for reporting any contract exempted under Paragraph B of this Policy that is entered into or amended. As required by Section 3(b) of Public Act 17-130, not later than January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, such report shall be submitted to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and government administration.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this Policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procurement- Sourcing Procedure 3.1

POLICY HISTORY

Approved by the Board of Trustees, November 1, 2017

Purchases Made Using Outside Funds

 

Title: Purchases Made Using Outside Funds
Policy Owner: Procurement Services
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: All campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: November 1, 2017
For More Information, Contact Matthew Larson, Director of Procurement Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-2616
Official Website: https://procurement.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

Most of UConn’s purchases are made with State and Certain Other Institutional Funds (defined below). But some purchases are made with funds that come from other sources.  This Policy is established pursuant to Section 2(b)(1)(A) and  Section 3 of Public Act 17-130, which authorizes UConn to develop policies for purchases that do not involve the expenditure of  State and Certain Other Institutional Funds. Funds other than State and Certain Other Institutional Funds are referred to in this Policy as “Outside Funds.”

Outside Funds include federal and philanthropic grants, sponsored research and other sources.

The purpose of this Policy is to establish a framework for procedures pursuant to which UConn can enter into contracts using Outside Funds. Outside Funds are used to assist UConn in pursuing its teaching, research, clinical, public service, and economic development missions. Those missions are vital to discovery, innovation, and job creation in the State of Connecticut. Using Outside Funds effectively and prudently will help UConn fulfill its missions. It will also help UConn more successfully compete with other institutions for Outside Funds.

APPLIES TO

Faculty and staff on all campuses, including UConn Health.

DEFINITIONS

“Funder” is the provider of Outside Funds to UConn.

“Outside Funds” are funds other than State and Certain Other Institutional Funds.

“Purchase” is the purchase of equipment, supplies, or services, or the lease of personal property.

“Simplified Acquisition Threshold” is a threshold set by the Federal Government for purchasing goods and services in a manner that, as stated in Section 13.002 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, “[p]romote[s] efficiency and economy in contracting” and “avoid[s] unnecessary burdens.” The Simplified Acquisition Threshold is set in Subpart 2.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and is currently $150,000.

“State and Certain Other Institutional Funds” has the same meaning as in Section 2(a)(5) of Public Act 17-130, which meaning is (i) funds appropriated or bonds authorized by the General Assembly; (ii) revenue generated from tuition; (iii) funds collected from student fees, housing fees or dining services; (iv) revenue generated from athletic sponsorship deals or ticket sales; and (v) revenue collected from the clinical operations of The University of Connecticut Health Center and the John Dempsey Hospital.

POLICY STATEMENT

  1. The President or the President’s designee shall adopt procedures for entering into contracts for Purchases with Outside Funds, including identifying vendors for such Purchases. Such procedures shall be consistent with this Policy.
  2. UConn shall make Purchases with Outside Funds in a manner consistent with applicable law, provided that the following shall be exempt from CGS §10a-151b(b) and regulations adopted pursuant to CGS §4e-47:
    1. Purchases from vendors selected through a process prescribed by the Funder. The procedures adopted pursuant this Policy shall include a method for documenting the Funder’s prescribed process in advance of purchases.
    2. Purchases up to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. UConn shall request quotations from at least three prospective vendors before making such purchases.
  3. The procedures adopted pursuant this Policy shall include a method for reporting any contract exempted under Paragraph B of this Policy that is entered into or amended. As required by Section 3(b) of Public Act 17-130, not later than January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, such report shall be submitted to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and government administration.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this Policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procurement- Sourcing Procedure 2.1

POLICY HISTORY

Approved by the Board of Trustees, November 1, 2017

 

 

Purchases for Use Abroad

Title: Purchases for Use Abroad
Policy Owner: Procurement Services
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: All campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: November 1, 2017
For More Information, Contact Matthew Larson, Director of Procurement Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-2616
Official Website: https://procurement.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

Most of UConn’s purchases are made in the United States or are made overseas for use in the United States. But UConn is a global research University that sponsors, or participates in, teaching, research, and other programs around the world. These programs provide important educational opportunities for students and support research and service by faculty and students.

This Policy is established pursuant to Section 2(b)(1)(B) and Section 3 of Public Act 17-130, which authorizes UConn to develop policies for the purchase of equipment, supplies or services, or the lease of personal property (i) to be used outside of the United States, and (ii) where the other party to the contract is located outside of the United States. These purchases are referred to in this Policy as “Overseas Purchases.”

The purpose of this Policy is to establish a framework for procedures pursuant to which UConn can make Overseas Purchases.  Overseas Purchases are used to assist UConn in pursuing its teaching, research, clinical, public service, and economic development missions. Making Overseas Purchases effectively and prudently will help UConn to fulfill its missions.

APPLIES TO

Faculty and staff on all campuses, including UConn Health.

DEFINITIONS

“Overseas Purchase” is a Purchase (i) to be used outside of the United States and (ii) where the other party to the contract is located outside of the United States.

“Partner Institutions” are any of the following that are located outside the United States and with which UConn jointly supports teaching, learning, or research programs: research institutes, laboratories, government agencies, quasi-governmental agencies, non-government organizations, members of a consortium of which UConn is a member, colleges, and universities.

“Purchase” is the purchase of equipment, supplies, or services, or the lease of personal property.

“Simplified Acquisition Threshold” is a threshold set by the Federal Government for purchasing goods and services in a manner that, as stated in Section 13.002 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, “[p]romote[s] efficiency and economy in contracting” and “avoid[s] unnecessary burdens.” The Simplified Acquisition Threshold is set in Subpart 2.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and is currently $150,000.

POLICY STATEMENT

  1.  The President or the President’s designee shall adopt procedures for entering into contracts for Overseas Purchases, including identifying vendors for Overseas Purchases. Such procedures shall be consistent with this Policy.
  2.  UConn shall make Overseas Purchases in a manner consistent with applicable law, provided that the following shall be exempt from CGS §10a-151b(b) and regulations adopted pursuant to CGS §4e-47:
    1. Overseas Purchases from Partner Institutions, or from vendors located outside the United States identified by Partner Institutions, if such Purchases serve jointly-supported teaching, learning, or research programs.
    2. Overseas Purchases up to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. UConn shall request quotations from at least three prospective vendors before making such purchases.
    3. Overseas Purchases entered into consistent with the following:
    • UConn shall attempt to identify as many prospective vendors as is practical and cost effective, considering the challenges associated with each purchase. Such challenges may include geographic limitations, language barriers, the availability or absence of technology, the ability to identify vendors that are reliable and safe, and local laws and regulations.
    • When more than one prospective vendor is identified, UConn shall conduct an appropriate competitive process. The competitive process shall take into consideration the challenges of participating in a formal procurement process, including the factors set forth above.
  3. The procedures adopted pursuant this Policy shall include a method for reporting any contract exempted under Paragraph B of this Policy that is entered into or amended. As required by Section 3(b) of Public Act 17-130, not later than January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, such report shall be submitted to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and government administration.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this Policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procurement- Sourcing Procedure 1.1

POLICY HISTORY

Approved by the Board of Trustees, November 1, 2017

Residential Rental Properties, Policy on

Title: Residential Rental Properties, Policy on
Policy Owner: Facilities Operations & Building Services
Applies to: Existing and Potential: Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars and Guests
Campus Applicability: Storrs Currently. If the University acquires residential rental property at any other campus it will apply to such property
Effective Date: August 28, 2017
For More Information, Contact Lynn Hallarin, Director, Business Services Center
Contact Information: 860-486-3632
Official Website: http://rentalproperties.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

It is strategically important for UConn to provide and manage short- and long-term housing options for the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, visiting scholars and other UConn guests. Accordingly, it is University policy to provide housing that is well maintained, attractive and marketable. It is also important that all University owned rental housing be maintained and operated in an economically efficient manner.

POLICY STATEMENT

The Rental Properties Unit of UConn’s Facilities Operations & Building Services maintains a portfolio of rental properties with rental rates designed to support the expenses and improvements necessary to sustain and maintain the portfolio.  Rental properties shall only be made available to Storrs Campus Faculty and Staff, Visiting Scholars and other guests.

The portfolio is comprised of two categories of units: (1) those University-owned houses classified as “Reserved” and those apartments in The Oaks on the Square in Storrs Center; and (2) those University-owned houses not otherwise classified as “Reserved.”   The first category is established to support institutional recruitment and retention objectives, while the second category is to be maintained as a long-term, self-sustaining University asset.

The allocation of rental properties shall be managed in a fair, equitable and open manner.  Rental requests can be initiated in one of two ways: (a) by a Host (defined below); or (b)  by an individual who is a member of the Storrs Campus faculty or staff, a visiting scholar or other UConn guest, as applicable.

Rent will be paid for all rental properties. The amount of rent that is charged will be determined on a market basis through an appropriate analysis.  Rent will be paid either by the individual occupying the property or by the Host.

All rentals must be memorialized in a written agreement signed by an authorized UConn representative and the occupant. The agreement must specify the occupant, the rent, who is paying the rent, the duration of the rental period, and the duration of the occupant’s engagement with UConn.

If a Host is paying the rent, that must be reflected in the written agreement and the agreement must be signed by an authorized representative of the Host.

If the occupant does not pay rent, the fair market value of the rent may be taxable income to the occupant subject to withholding and tax reporting.  The occupant will be responsible for all associated tax liability. To facilitate compliance with tax laws, the Rental Properties Unit of Facilities Operations & Building Services will notify UConn’s Tax & Compliance Office of all rentals where the occupant is not paying rent (e.g. rents is being paid by Host or no rent is paid). .

The Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (or the successor in function) , in consultation with the Real Estate Working Group, establishes, and approves  any changes to, procedures to implement this Policy.

APPLIES TO

Property covered:  All residential rental properties managed by Facilities Operations & Building Services.  It does not apply to property managed by Residential Life.

Persons covered:  Storrs Campus Faculty and Staff, visiting scholars and other UConn guests. This policy will apply in the event that UConn acquires residential properties at other campuses.  Residential rental properties are not intended for use by students enrolled in UConn undergraduate, graduate or other programs.

DEFINITIONS

“Host” means the UConn Administration, department or academic unit sponsoring the individual who is seeking UConn housing.

“Guest” means Special Payroll employees, long-term consultants, candidates for employment, guest performers (e.g. CRT actors), guest speakers and others similarly situated.

“Storrs Campus Faculty and Staff” means individuals who are regular UConn employees and are employed to work at the Storrs Campus.

“Visiting Scholar” means an expert in an academic discipline or disciplines with a short-term residency at UConn for mutual intellectual enrichment and collaboration.  These individuals are typically scholars or artists on leave from other institutions. However, “Visiting Scholars” also may be unaffiliated and distinguished in their fields, or they may be representatives of governments, higher education institutions or other institutions on official business.  Undergraduate and graduate students are not visiting scholars.

WAIVER AUTHORITY

The President’s office may make exceptions to this Policy or waive the Rental Criteria (contained in the Procedures found at http://rentalproperties.uconn.edu/) when it is in the best interest of the University.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with UConn By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for all UConn Employees, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

SUPERCEDENCE

This policy supersedes and replaces the present “Visiting Scholars Housing Policy,” which was effective on June 2, 2011.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procedures and forms can be found at http://rentalproperties.uconn.edu/.

Pricing and other information about rental properties (not including The Oaks) can be found at http://rentalproperties.uconn.edu/ under the “Houses” link.

Pricing and other information about The Oaks can be found at http://rentalproperties.uconn.edu/apartments/.

Policy created:  Approved by the President’s Cabinet (8/28/2017)

Space Management Policy

Title: Space Management Policy
Policy Owner: University Planning, Design & Construction (UPDC)
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: All campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: June 12, 2017
For More Information, Contact University Planning, Design & Construction (UPDC)
Contact Information: (860) 486-2776
Official Website: http://updc.uconn.edu

REASON FOR POLICY

The availability of facilities and space plays an important role in advancing the mission and goals of the University of Connecticut. It is in the University’s best interest to allocate space in an objective and consistent manner based on the University‘s mission and priorities.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the Storrs and all regional campuses and designated affiliates or approved units of the University of Connecticut at those campuses. This policy does not apply to UConn Health.

POLICY STATEMENT

All space belongs to the University and is assigned to units, schools, departments or programs based on University’s priorities and the functional requirements of each user group.  The University may reallocate space at any time as needs and priorities change.

Decisions regarding the allocation of occupied and unoccupied space are based on campus and program priorities, Academic and Strategic Plans, the Master Plan for the campus, and overall need.

The President of the University has ultimate authority over space assignments. The Provost, Vice Presidents, and Division of Athletics Director are responsible for allocating and managing space occupied by activities under their control or within their divisions in accordance with the University’s Space Planning Guidelines.

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs has overall responsibility for the equitable and optimal use of academic and research space resources, with final authority over all UConn academic and research space assignments and designations in collaboration with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer has final jurisdiction over all UConn non-academic and non-research spaces in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs except for those spaces identified below.

All space occupied  by the Division of Student Affairs (e.g. Student Union, Recreation Center) will be the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

All space occupied  by the Division of Athletics will be the responsibility of the Director of Athletics in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

The University Planning office within University Planning, Design and Construction is responsible for reviewing space requests and making recommendations to the appropriate authority.

The four officers with authority over space will coordinate all significant space decisions with the Office of the President.   The President as the chief executive and administrative officer of the University has the authority and responsibility to make all final decisions regarding space.

PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

For roles and responsibilities, Space Planning Procedures: http://updc.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1525/2017/06/Space-Procedures-June-2017.pdf 

For assigning space: Space is assigned in accordance with the Space Planning Guidelines: http://updc.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1525/2016/10/Appendix-III-UConn-Space-Standards-September-2016.pdf

Requesting additional space or making modifications to existing space is governed by Space Planning: http://paes.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1525/2015/10/SpaceChangeForm-revised-021312.pdf

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

POLICY HISTORY:

Policy created:  6/12/2017 (Approved by Cabinet)

Lactation Policy

Title: UConn Lactation Policy
Policy Owner: Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Employees, Graduate Assistants, Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, Including UConn Health
Effective Date: 12/20/2016
For More Information, Contact Human Resources and Student Health Services/Student Services
Contact Information: Storrs/Regionals: (860) 486-3034 (HR) and (860) 486-0765 (SHS)
UConn Health: (860) 679-2426 (HR and (860) 679-1364 (Student Services Center)
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/worklife/


Reason for Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide employees and students who are breastfeeding a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child.  This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding in the workplace.

Applies to

All breastfeeding employees and students on the Storrs, UConn Health and Regional campuses.

Definitions:

Lactation Area: A space on the University of Connecticut campus that is either dedicated or temporarily established to accommodate the needs of those who are breastfeeding. The room must be a clean, private (the ability to be shielded from view and free from intrusion), comfortable space with electrical outlet, chair, table for breast pump, and nearby access to clean running water.

Lactation Breaks: Breaks during the work day for employees who have requested lactation accommodations.

Policy Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a supportive environment that enables employees and students to express breast milk in a private place, with reasonable break time and in a location within five minutes of their work and study areas.

Consistent with Connecticut Laws (Chapter 939, Section 53-34b and Chapter 814c, Section 46a-64), a person may breastfeed their infant in any public or private location on campus where they and their child are authorized to be. This includes all campus locations open to the public and other campus locations where infants are allowed.

Additionally, Connecticut law (Connecticut General Statutes, Section 31-40w) Breastfeeding in the Workplace states that employers must allow employees to breastfeed or express breast milk at work.

Consistent with federal law, the University of Connecticut shall provide to employee breastfeeding persons reasonable break time (“lactation break”) as well as space that is shielded from view and free from intrusion in order to breastfeed their infants or to express breast milk.

The University of Connecticut prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against breastfeeding persons who exercise their rights under this policy.  For more information, see University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Policy History

Adopted 12/20/2016

Procedures

Storrs and Regional Campuses: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2016/12/UConn-Lactation-Procedures_final-draft-12-20-16.pdf

UConn Health: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2017/02/UConn-Health-Lactation-Procedures.pdf 

 

Consumable Supplies Inventory Procedure

Title: Consumable Supplies Inventory Procedure
Procedure Owner: Office of the Controller, Accounting Office
Applies to: All University Departments
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: 09/01/2016
For More Information, Contact Robin Hoagland
Contact Information: (860) 486-3780
Official Website: http://accountingoffice.uconn.edu/

BACKGROUND AND REASON FOR PROCEDURE

An inventory of consumable supplies is reported annually to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) on the Annual Inventory Report of all Real and Personal Property (CO-59) form. Consumable supplies must be safeguarded and managed in order to prevent excessive spending and loss.

DEFINITIONS

Consumable supplies are defined as stock items used and consumed in the daily operations of a UConn department, such as food, cleaning supplies, lab animals, perishables, table or bed linens, repair parts, small tools, small appliances, and articles of a similar nature. Items should be new and unopened, and which will be used up within a year. Consumable supplies does not include capital equipment or controllable property equipment.

PROCEDURE

  1.  For all departments with a consumable supplies inventory of $5,000 or more, a separate perpetual (continuous) inventory should be maintained.
  2. A physical inventory must be performed annually and reconciled to the inventory records by June 30th.
  3. A listing of consumable supplies must be reported to the Accounting Office within the Office of the Controller by July 15th. The inventory listing should include an item description, cost, unit of measure, quantity on hand, and a total cost for each item, by location/building.
  4. The inventory listing and signed Inventory Certificate Form may be sent by email or through the University mail service to the Accounting Office at U-1074.

FORMS/TEMPLATES

An Inventory Worksheet (Excel template) may be used to report inventory. Alternatively, departments may submit a report generated from an inventory system maintained by the department.

The Inventory Certificate Form is available on the Inventory Control website.

Prevention and Reporting of Fraud and Fiscal Irregularities

Title: Prevention and Reporting of Fraud and Fiscal Irregularities
Policy Owner: Executive VP for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, and Others
Campus Applicability: All
Effective Date: March 23, 2016
For More Information, Contact: Office of University Compliance: (860) 486-2530 (Storrs & Regionals) / (860) 679-4180 (UConn Health)
EVP for Administration and CFO: (860) 486-3455
UConn Health CFO: (860) 679-3162
Official Website: http://evpacfo.uconn.edu/ 

Purpose

The University of Connecticut is committed to upholding the highest standards of honest behavior, ethical conduct, and fiduciary responsibility with respect to all assets of the University and assets entrusted to the University, including all funds, resources, and property. The purpose of this policy is both to inform the University community of each member’s responsibility to safeguard University resources and to establish standards for the reporting of suspected or known fraud or fiscal irregularities to the appropriate officials.

This policy applies to all units of the University including Storrs and the Regional Campuses, Professional Schools and UConn Health.  It applies to members of the University community including faculty, staff, contractors, business associates, and others involved in the activities of the University.

Definitions

Fraud and fiscal irregularities generally involve an intentional or deliberate act, omission or concealment with the intent of obtaining an unauthorized benefit, such as money, property or other personal or business advantage, by deception or other unethical means.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Misappropriation, misapplication, removal, or concealment of University property
  • Forgery, falsification, or alteration of documents and/or information (e.g., checks, bank drafts, deposit tickets, promissory notes, time cards, travel expense reports, contractor agreements, purchase orders, etc.)
  • Theft or misappropriation of funds, securities, supplies, inventory, or any other University assets including furniture, fixtures, equipment, data, and intellectual property
  • Billing customers, patients and third party payers for services when it is known that the services were not provided
  • Authorizing payment to vendors when it is known that the goods were not received or services were not performed
  • Misuse of University facilities, such as vehicles, telephones, mail systems, or computer-related equipment
  • Engaging in bribery, accepting kickbacks, or seeking unauthorized rebates
  • Actions related to concealing or perpetuating any fraud or fiscal irregularity

Policy Statement

All members of the University community are responsible for safeguarding University resources in their units and for ensuring that those resources are used for authorized purposes and in accordance with University rules and policies, and as required by applicable laws. In addition, all members of the University community should promptly report any known or suspected fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities involving University and affiliated entity funds resources, property, or employees. Each unit manager should be familiar with the types of improprieties that might occur in the manager’s area of responsibility and ensure that all reasonable internal controls are in place and operating effectively to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities.

Nothing in this policy relieves faculty and staff from reporting responsibilities under professional codes of conduct, licensing, or other requirements applicable to them individually or to their function.

Process for Reporting Detected or Suspected Fraud and Irregularities

Individual Reporting Obligations

All members of the University community are obligated to report any known or suspected fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities. Generally, an individual may discuss the concern directly with a supervisor. However, in the event that the individual is not comfortable speaking with the supervisor or is dissatisfied with the supervisor’s response, the individual should report the concern directly to the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics (OACE) and/or Campus Police.  Individuals should not investigate suspected fraudulent activity independently.

Individuals who wish to report suspected fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities anonymously may utilize the University’s REPORTLINE using the contact information below. The REPORTLINE is operated by a private (non-University) company. No effort is made to identify the person reporting and no trace of the call is performed. Information received is provided to the OACE for review and appropriate action. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by independent specialists trained to obtain complete and accurate information in a confidential manner. To contact the REPORTLINE:

Phone:  All University campus including UConn Health: Phone: 1-888-685-2637
Web reporting address:
(Storrs, Regional Campuses and Professional Schools only): https://www.compliance-helpline.com/uconncares.jsp

At a minimum, individuals should provide key information such as a description of the incident, the time frame in which the incident occurred, and names of individual(s) involved. OACE will make every effort to handle all information received in a confidential manner, to the extent permitted by law.

University policy prohibits retaliation when an individual reports, in good faith, suspected fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities to any supervisor, faculty, administrator, OACE, University Police, the REPORTLINE, or any appropriate agency outside of the University. An individual who believes he or she has been subjected to retaliation, should contact OACE immediately.  This policy is not intended to preclude the reporting of suspected fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities to appropriate external authorities[1].

Institutional Obligations:

Departments are obligated to notify OACE of suspected or known fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularities as soon as they become known.   OACE will evaluate the information provided and determine an appropriate strategy for investigating and resolving the allegation.   Additional University officials may be asked to conduct or participate in an investigation as appropriate. When sufficient facts and circumstances exist to establish a reasonable suspicion that fraudulent activity or fiscal irregularity has occurred, OACE will consult with the Office of the General Counsel (Storrs, Regional Campuses and the Professional schools), Senior Counsel (UConn Health) and other University officials regarding federal, state and other external reporting requirements.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

[1]Other Reporting Options:

  • State Auditors of Public Accounts

The Whistle Blower Act, Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes, authorizes the Auditors of Public Accounts to receive information concerning matters involving corruption, unethical practices, violation of State laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any State department or agency. Upon receiving such information the Auditors are required to review such matter and report their findings and any recommendations to the Attorney General. The Auditors shall not, after receipt of any information from a person under the provisions of this section, disclose the identity of such person without his/her consent unless the Auditors determine that such disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the review. You can file a complaint with the Auditors of Public Accounts by calling (860) 240-5369 or toll free at (800) 797-1702. Website:https://www.cga.ct.gov/apa/

  • Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729-3733)

This act permits a person with knowledge of fraud against the federal government to file a lawsuit on behalf of the government against those that committed the fraud. The person filing the lawsuit is also known as the “whistleblower” or “qui tam” plaintiff. The “qui tam” plaintiff must notify the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) of all information regarding the fraud. If the DOJ takes the case and fraud is proven the “qui tam” plaintiff is entitled to a portion of the money recovered by the federal government. Under the False Claims Act the “qui tam” plaintiff is protected from retaliation that may result from his or her involvement in the case. This is known as Whistleblower Protection.

Alternate Work Arrangements

Title: Alternative Work Arrangements
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources
Applies to: All Employees
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: October 11, 2016
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources and the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/

POLICY AND PURPOSE:   This policy describes and establishes guidelines for alternate work arrangements for employees at the University of Connecticut, in accordance with relevant state statute, applicable collective bargaining agreements and in keeping with university practices. This policy is designed to achieve the following goals: (1) Increase worker efficiency and productivity; (2) reduce travel time.

In order to support the mutual benefits of flexible work environments, the university has implemented this voluntary Alternative Work Arrangement program for all employees.

References:

  • CGS § 5-248i. Telecommuting and Work-at-home programs
  • Article 16 of the UCPEA Contract – Work Schedules
  • Article 17 of the NP3 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Article 18 of the NP5 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Article 18 of the NP2 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Request for Temporary Flexible Schedule Agreement Form
  • Request for Temporary Telecommuting Agreement Form
  • Exhibit 2-1 Auditors of Public Accounts Work Schedule Election Form

Scope:

This policy applies to all employees at the Storrs and Regional Campuses.

Definitions:

Telecommuting – Voluntary work arrangement in which some or all of the work is performed at an off-campus work site such as the home or in an office space near home.

Flexible Schedule – A flexible schedule allows an employee to vary the span of the workday, while ensuring that the standard workweek hours are completed.

Policy Statement:

The University Alternate Work Arrangement Program offers employees two options for alternate work arrangements.  Each option contains specific requirements for the employee.

Approval for participation is at the discretion of the employee’s supervisor.

Telecommuting[1]:

Generally, work suitable for telecommuting will have defined tasks with clearly measurable results, tasks requiring concentration when the employee works independently and minimal requirements for frequent access to hard copy files or special equipment.

Telecommuting may also be suitable for those occasions when employees must attend off-site university meetings or events during portions of the day that make travel to their normal duty station impractical during the balance of the day.

Employees best suited for telecommuting are self-motivated, self-disciplined, have a proven ability to perform and a desire to make telecommuting work.

In order to participate, an employee’s regular duties must be such that they can be accomplished via telecommuting; employees whose regular duties necessitate their presence at their duty station may not telecommute.

Guidelines for Participation

  • Any equipment or supplies purchased by the University and used at the alternate work location will remain the University’s property and must be returned at the conclusion of the telecommuting period. University owned equipment at the alternate location may not be used for personal purposes.  The University does not assume responsibility for damage or wear of personally owned equipment or supplies used while telecommuting.
  • Participants will take all precautions necessary to secure privileged information and prevent unauthorized access to any University system.
  • Participants may not submit nor receive reimbursement for travel if requested to report to their normal work site.

Employees who wish to request permission to telecommute should submit a formal request through the University’s Telecommuting Agreement Form to their supervisor, which will include a description of the scope of work that will be undertaken and accomplished off-site at least five business days in advance, when possible. This description may be general or include specific tasks.

The supervisor will review the request with the employee and must approve or deny the request in writing within three business days prior to the requested telecommuting period, or sooner if the request is made due to unforeseen circumstances. For employees who are members of a bargaining unit, approval must be from a supervisor that is outside of the bargaining unit.

The employee and supervisor must mutually agree to and sign the Telecommuting Agreement Form available at http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/.

Please note: It is understood that unforeseen circumstances may necessitate the request for short-term telecommuting arrangements to be made with limited advance notice.  Temporary changes to existing telecommuting agreements may also be necessary to accommodate unexpected work obligations.  In these circumstances an email approval from a supervisor is sufficient.

[1] Note: This section is not applicable to Classified Employees. Telecommuting arrangements for Classified employees must be made in accordance with the Telecommuting Guidelines established by the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, available at http://das.ct.gov/HR/Regs/Current/GL%2032%20Telecommuting%20Guidelines.pdf.

Flexible Schedule:

Guidelines for Participation

Flexible Schedules may be approved by the appropriate supervisor, with the following understanding:

  1. There must be minimal on-site coverage of most university offices during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
  2. Managerial and confidential employees are expected to work the equivalent of 40 hours each week.  Work schedules for UCPEA and Classified employees are in accordance with the relevant collective bargaining agreement. Please note: additional hours may be necessary in order to complete job responsibilities.
  3. The supervisor should consider cross training/back-up assignments to ensure adequate service during normal office hours.

A Flexible Schedule can be established by mutual agreement between an employee and their supervisor. For employees who are members of a bargaining unit, approval must be from a supervisor that is outside of the bargaining unit.  In order to approve a request for a flexible schedule, supervisors must determine that an employee operating under a flexible schedule will not have a negative impact on the employee’s work or the work of the given office, unit or department.

Supervisors will determine whether or not a flexible schedule request is reasonable and justified. In general, a flexible schedule is intended to allow employees to deviate from their standard work schedule within reason, i.e. arriving earlier and leaving earlier or arriving later and leaving later, or accommodating a single especially long work day (to attend an evening work-related event, for example) by arriving later the following day, etc. It is not intended to allow employees to work unorthodox or impractical schedules, i.e. working weekends instead of two weekdays or working a full work week within a four day period each week, etc.

Employee requests for a flexible schedule may apply to a single day during the week, each day during the week, or certain days or weeks depending on the time of year. Supervisors should document each employee’s flexible schedule in writing using the appropriate University form available at http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/.  Flexible schedules may be adjusted or revoked by management at any time.  Where possible, employees will be given a minimum of two weeks’ notice regarding any changes to their approved flexible schedule.

Procedure:    

  1. Employee submits request to supervisor;
  2. Supervisor provides written approval or denial;
  3. Supervisor and employee mutually sign the applicable form;
  4. Forward a copy of the signed agreement to the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations.

This policy is not intended to add to or subtract from provisions of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

 

 

Adopted Effective Date 3/3/2016 [Approved by the Office of the President]

Revised Effective Date 10/11/2016 [Approved by the Office of the President]

Contractor Parking Policy

Title: Contractor Parking Policy
Policy Owner: Planning Architectural & Engineering Services and Parking Services
Applies to: Contractors, Construction Managers and Workers
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Depot Campuses
Effective Date: January 2016
For More Information, Contact Parking Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-4930
Official Website: park.uconn.edu

Reason for Policy

Parking capacity on UConn’s Storrs campus is very limited and highly demanded.  Parking privileges on the Storrs campus must therefore be judiciously allocated among institutional stakeholders and contractors to maximize the benefits to each.

Applies to

This policy applies to all general and trade contractors, construction managers, trucking and delivery drivers and workers while conducting University-contracted business at the Storrs and Depot Campuses.

DEFINITIONS OF VEHICLE TYPES

Personal Vehicle

A personal (or worker) vehicle is one that is owned by an individual and primarily used to transport an individual or a group of individuals to and from a worksite or place of employment.

Contractor Vehicle

A contractor vehicle is one that is owned by a business and is primarily used for business.  Examples of contractor vehicles include pick-up trucks, work vans or company cars upon which the business identification is permanently displayed.

Construction Equipment

Construction equipment is a vehicle that is owned, leased or rented by a University-contracted business primarily for use on a construction site to perform specific construction work or specific construction activity.  Examples of construction equipment include cranes, mobile cranes, backhoes, front-loaders and rollers.

Construction Delivery Vehicles

A delivery vehicle is one that is primarily used to transport materials or personnel to or from a worksite. Examples of delivery vehicles include dump trucks, tractor trailers, flatbed trailers and shuttles.

GENERAL PARKING POLICIES

All contractor or personal vehicles that are parked at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus, Mansfield Depot campus, Bergin Property or any other University property are required to obtain and conspicuously display a University parking permit.  Parking permits and their associated parking privileges are specifically issued either to an individual worker or a contractor.  Although those parking privileges are for the assigned holder, the physical permits may be moved between vehicles and may be used either by the assigned permit holder or a designee.  Any vehicle that does not display a valid parking permit will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owner’s expense.  Egregious or repeated parking policy violations can also lead to the suspension, withdrawal or withholding of parking permits and privileges at the University’s sole discretion.  Parking by contractors or workers at the North Garage or South Garage, or overnight parking of personal or contractor vehicles on University property is prohibited, unless previously approved by the University Representative in conjunction with Parking Services.

Location of Parking for Workers

During the University’s academic year, from mid-August to mid-May, workers can request and receive parking permits for personal vehicles in designated parking areas on the Mansfield Depot campus and the Bergin Property.  These two locations are located on State Route 44 and are approximately two miles from the main Storrs campus.  Parking permits that authorize parking on the Mansfield Depot campus and Bergin Property will be issued to contractors and workers at no-charge and may be used in personal or contractor vehicles.  Parking permits are issued on a space-available and first-come, first-served basis.  There is no personal vehicle parking on the main Storrs campus for workers during the University’s academic year, except as specified herein.

During the University’s summer term (mid-May to mid-August), workers can request and receive no-charge parking permits for personal vehicles at designated parking lots at the perimeter of the main Storrs campus on a space available basis.  University Parking Services will assign separate and distinct contractor parking permits based on availability at locations in closer proximity to worksites, most typically on student parking lots such as Lots C, W and X.

Permitting Process

All parking permits can be obtained at the University’s Parking Services office located at 3 Discovery Drive in Storrs, CT.  The Parking Services office is open on all non-holiday business days, typically from 8am to 4:30pm.  Parking Services can be reached by telephone at (860) 486-4930 and by email sent to parkingservices@uconn.edu.

In order to obtain a parking permit, the University requires a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of automobile insurance.  Parking permits are issued for a fixed term and any associated fees must be paid at the time of permit issuance.  Parking permits provided free of charge or purchased are typically issued for periods of one or more months, one or two semesters, or for one year (12 months).  Each calendar year is divided into three semesters: Spring semester (January – May), Fall semester (August-December), and Summer semester (June – August).  An expiration date for all University parking permits are established at the time of their issuance.  Permit holders are responsible for obtaining new parking permits prior to their expiry date when the extension of their privileges is needed.

An administrative Lost Permit fee of $20 must be paid before a replacement will be issued.  The fee will be incurred whenever a lost permit is replaced and irrespective of its original purchase price.  The lost permit will be expired before its replacement is issued and cannot be reused if it is subsequently found.  If a permit that is reported as lost is found to be in use, it will be considered stolen and the University will act accordingly.

Transportation

It is the workers and/or the Contractor’s responsibility to arrange for transportation between the parking areas and the worksites when needed.  Use of the University shuttle bus system by workers for daily transportation is prohibited.

The Contractor may provide shuttle services for workers if it deems it necessary or desirable.  Shuttles shall not be parked on University property overnight unless there is prior approval from the University Representative in conjunction with Parking Services and the daytime shuttle bus parking location, whether operating or unattended, must have prior approval from the University Representative in conjunction with Parking Services.

Perimeter Lot Parking During the Academic Year

Contractors may request parking for personal or contractor vehicles in closer proximity to the worksite on a perimeter student parking lot during the academic year for the fee of $50.00 per month, payable in advance of the permit issuance.  These types of permits may be purchased for up to a six month period.  Perimeter lot parking permits are subject to availability and provide parking only on the specified lot.  These exceptional requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and decisions will be predicated on factors related both to the project and the efficient operation of the University’s parking system.

Day Permits

Construction workers or contractors who are only on worksites infrequently may request day parking permit for their personal or contractor vehicles.  Infrequent is defined as coming to campus no more than once a week.  The cost of a day parking permit is $12.00 per day, payable in advance of the permit issuance.  Day parking permits authorize parking in a specific parking lot and will be issued on a space-available basis.   Day parking permits generally authorize parking in close proximity to the worksite when possible and their privileges may include specific University employee and/or student parking locations.  At the University’s discretion, day permit issuance may be suspended to any Contractor should the Worker or Company request a day permit more frequently than what is permitted.

Limits of Liability 

Workers and Contractors with parking permits should recognize that the lighting in parking lots varies greatly between locations, and that the permit holder accepts the conditions of the lots in “as is” condition.  The University provides no security in the parking lots and makes no representations regarding the security of the premises.  All Workers and Contractors park and use the lots at their own risk and the University is not responsible for any damages or theft that occur to vehicles or persons while utilizing the parking permits or lots.    The Contractor and/or Worker shall be responsible for any damage or harm it causes to others or to the property of others and for any damage it causes to University property (excepting normal wear and tear from use of the parking lots.

SITE-SPECIFIC PARKING POLICIES

Parking of Vehicles inside the Perimeter of a Worksite

The University understands that a certain number of vehicles are required on worksites in order to conduct the work.  However, the University does not support and will actively work to prevent oversizing the perimeter of a worksite in order to accommodate daily worker parking inside the worksite.  This is particularly true when a project’s site logistics plans specify the use or loss of University parking capacity.  The parking of personal vehicles on a worksite is highly discouraged, and only contractor vehicles, construction equipment and delivery vehicles should be on the worksite.

Construction equipment parked on the worksite does not require a parking permit.  If not in use, the long-term storage of construction equipment on worksites or University property without specific written permission by the University representative and Parking Services is prohibited.  Construction equipment is expected to remain on the designated worksite within the perimeter of the worksite.

Contractor vehicles making occasional or periodic material deliveries or being used in conjunction with specific work on the worksite do not require a parking permit when they are idle within the perimeter of a worksite.  Parking permits must be displayed in delivery vehicles used to transport materials to a worksite if they require parking outside the perimeter of the worksite after unloading.

Parking of Vehicles at Construction Field Offices

For each worksite, the primary general contractor or construction manager may request up to three (3) worksite parking permits for contractor vehicles to park at construction trailers.  There is no cost for these three (3) worksite parking permits and these permits allow the parking of contractor vehicles for administration of the project.  The three worksite parking permits are intended to satisfy the needs of the contractors and subcontractors combined on most projects.

For large projects, the general contractor or construction manager may need additional worksite parking permits for contractor vehicles associated with the administration of a project.  These additional contractor vehicles are intended to be situated adjacent to a project field office.  Requests for additional permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the University Representative in conjunction with Parking Services.  Additional contractor parking permits will be issued at the sole discretion of the University.  If any additional worksite parking permits (beyond the above-mentioned three no-charge contractor permits) are approved for parking contractor vehicles adjacent to field offices (or elsewhere as authorized by the University Representative and Parking Services), each permit will cost $50.00/month, payable in advance of their issuance. When bidding work, Contractor shall not assume such increase in allowable worksite parking permits will be granted.

Worksite Logistics Considerations

When reviewing the site logistics for a project, and determining the perimeter of a worksite, non-construction equipment parking capacity should be excluded or minimized to the extent possible.  The use of parking capacity for the long-term storage of material is strongly discouraged.  If any existing parking areas are to be utilized during construction, the contractor shall take photographs of the area prior to utilization and restore the areas to “like new” condition, including the parking surfaces, curbs, sidewalks, lawn, soil de-compaction, plantings and any other surrounding area or items that are damaged during use.

As a limited resource, the loss of parking can be disruptive on the University’s operations, and the effects on parking from construction activities must be planned for and mitigated.  Parking Services and the Transportation Planner must have the opportunity to review the site logistics plan prior to their finalization whenever the University’s parking access or capacity will be affected by a project.

The parking of personal vehicles at construction trailers without a worksite parking permit is prohibited.  The general contractor or construction manager may utilize its worksite parking permits for parking at worksite trailers if approved in advance as part of its site logistics plans.

Policy History

Effective January 2016 (approved by President’s Cabinet)