Office of the Bursar

Short Term Advances ("Change Funds")

Title: Short Term Advances (“Change Funds”)
Policy Owner: Office of the Bursar
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of the Bursar
Contact Information: (860) 486-4830
Official Website: http://bursar.uconn.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY:

The purpose of this policy is to establish a uniform control procedure for providing short term advances to departments in conjunction with University events and must first be approved by the Department Head and Cash Operations, to ensure safeguarding of University assets.

APPLIES TO:

This policy applies to departments handling change funds at the University.

DEFINITIONS:

“Short term advance” or change fund is defined as an advance of funds from the Bursar’s Office of two weeks or less with a maximum of $4,000 per advance.

POLICY STATEMENT:

University departments who receive short term advances are responsible for returning the funds no later than two weeks after the date of receipt of the funds.  Any department who receives such advance is required to adhere to control and reconciliation processes established by the Bursar’s Office.

ENFORCEMENT:

Any department that does not comply with this policy shall be ineligible to receive future short term advances.  Violations of this policy by individual employees 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 Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS:

The Office of the Bursar has sole responsibility for advancing short term funds to departments for University events with proper documentation/approvals and controls in place to safeguard assets.  It is the responsibility of the department to return the funds within two weeks.  For additional information, access the Cash Operations web page at the following link:  http://bursar.uconn.edu/cash-operations/.

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
Official Website: http://bursar.uconn.edu/

 
REASON FOR POLICY:

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).

APPLIES TO:

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.

POLICY STATEMENT:

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.

ENFORCEMENT:

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 cash, money order, certified or cashier’s check or wire transfer.  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.

PROCEDURES/FORMS:

The Office of the Bursar deposits all checks made payable to the University.  Payroll overpayments and medical premiums are excluded as these are not deposited through KFS, but to Core-CT.  Any returned checks are coded as adjustments to Core-CT.  If the payer’s bank returns the check, Cash Operations then charges the amount of the returned check to the departmental account credited with the deposit.  Cash Operations returns the check to the department with a letter informing the department that its departmental account has been charged for the returned check.  Cash Operations sends the notification letter and a copy of the check to the department the day they receive the returned check.

Opening a Merchant Account for Credit Card Acceptance

Title: Opening a Merchant Account for Credit Card Acceptance
Policy Owner: Office of the Bursar
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of the Bursar
Contact Information: (860) 486-4830
Official Website: http://bursar.uconn.edu/

 
REASON FOR POLICY:

The purpose of this policy is to ensure University compliance with the Payment Card Industry Standards which can be found at www.pcisecuritystandards.org.  Credit card transactions are monetary transactions and therefore are subject to the same control and reconciliation policies as cash transactions.  No department may open a merchant account to accept credit card transactions without the approval of the Controller and Bursar.

APPLIES TO:

This policy applies to any department seeking to accommodate customers wanting to pay by credit or debit card and thereby opening a merchant account.

DEFINITIONS:

Payment Card Industry Standards

PCI security standards are technical and operational requirements set by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to protect cardholder data.  The standards globally govern all merchants and organizations that store, process, or transmit this data – with new requirements for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions.  Compliance with the PCI set of standards is mandatory for their respective stakeholders, and is enforced by the major payment card brands who established the Council:  American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc.

POLICY STATEMENT:

All University approved accounts must adhere to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards including the performance of the SAQ (Self-Assessment Questionnaire), annual attestation and successful University computer and network scans.

ENFORCEMENT:

The Controller’s Office may at any time terminate the department’s merchant account for a policy/procedure violation.  In addition, payment card industry compliance violations may result in fines from the payment brands (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, BC Card, DinaCard and Diner’s Club) to the acquiring bank, at their discretion, from $5,000 to $100,000 per month which may be charged back to the department in noncompliance.  Fines are dependent on volume of credit cards breached and remediation efforts required.

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 Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS:

The Office of the Bursar has the authority to recommend approval from any department to the Controller of an application for opening and operating a merchant account.  These transactions are monetary transactions and subject to the same governance as cash.

Detailed procedures and resource documentation may be found on our website at:  http://bursar.uconn.edu/cash-operations/.

Non-Student Receivables Invoicing Policy

Title: Non-Student Receivables Invoicing Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the Bursar
Applies to: Faculty and Staff
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of the Bursar
Contact Information: (860) 486-4830
Official Website: http://bursar.uconn.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY:

University departments provide goods and/or services to the general public and organizations world-wide.  In accordance with Section 3-39a of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is the responsibility of the University to invoice customers notifying them of their financial obligation to the University.

APPLIES TO:

This policy applies to University departments, faculty, and staff of all campuses and programs who provide goods and/or services to customers on credit.

POLICY STATEMENT:

University departments/units are required to invoice customers at the time goods and/or services are rendered utilizing the Kuali Financial System (KFS).  The Office of the Bursar may grant exceptions to this policy after ensuring the department/unit’s alternative billing methods adhered to proper internal control procedures.

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 Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS:

For additional information, access the KFS Cash and Accounts Receivable Procedure Guide at the following link: http://financesystems.uconn.edu/

Cash Collection and Deposit

Title: Cash Collection and Deposit
Policy Owner: Office of the Bursar
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of the Bursar
Contact Information: (860) 486-4830
Official Website: http://bursar.uconn.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY:

The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with Section 4-32 of the Connecticut General Statutes for accounting and depositing of any cash received by the University.

APPLIES TO:

This policy applies to any department or organization receiving funds on behalf of the University.

DEFINITIONS:

The term cash includes currency, checks, money orders, negotiable instruments, and charge card transactions.  University funds are monies received from tuition, contracts and grants, (delivery of) revenues from University services, state and federal appropriations, gifts, and all other sources of revenue or expense reimbursements, whether restricted or unrestricted as to purpose or use.

POLICY STATEMENT:

Any department or unit at the University receiving cash must deposit to the Office of the Bursar within 24 hours of receipt (Section 4-32 of the Connecticut General Statutes).

ENFORCEMENT:

Departments are responsible for complying with the policies and procedures for cash handling and depositing outlined on the Office of the Bursar website www.bursar.uconn.edu.

Any missing funds must be immediately reported to the University Police Department and the Office of the Controller. The results of the investigation will determine the subsequent actions. See also the “Policy on the Prevention and Reporting of Fraud and Fiscal Irregularities” at http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=6794.

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 Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS:

Please consult the Bursar’s website at www.bursar.uconn.edu for proper cash handling controls for your department.