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Financial Policies Training:The First EightMerianne Cardas Administration and Finance


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Agenda

  • Context and Background

  • General Policy Information

  • The First Eight Policies

    • Travel Expenses

    • Meal Expenses

    • Purchasing Card Violations

    • Alcohol Purchases

    • Employee Recruiting Expenses

    • Entertainment Expenses

    • Professional Memberships, Certification, Dues and Subscriptions

    • Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Questions and Follow-up


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Context and Background

  • Audits

    • Policy Task Force Financial Policy Development Committee

      • Charge: Address audits, review existing policies and procedures, establish standard business practices

      • Goals: Cost containment, efficiency and accountability, compliance with government regulations

    • Internal Audit Findings

      • Ambiguous policies

      • Inappropriate and excessive expenditures

      • Lack of receipts and documentation


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General Policy Information

  • Objectives

    • Consistent format and language

    • Accessibility to

      • The policy

      • Hot links

      • Forms

    • University-wide

      • Organizational units may institute policies more, but not less, restrictive

    • Training and Resources


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General Policy Information

  • Policy Format


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General Policy Information

These PowerPoint slides are intended for training purposes. In the event of any discrepancy or interpretation difference between the policy and the slides, the policy dictates.


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • General

    • Traveler’s and supervisor’s responsibility to understand policy

    • University may pay for/reimburse reasonable, authorized, and appropriately documented travel expenditures

    • Limits – strictly enforced

    • Travel Expense Report – completed and submitted within 30 calendar days of trip’s conclusion

      • Late submission may result in delay/denial of reimbursement, P-Card violation, disciplinary action

      • Late submission requires justification statement and approval by senior vice president, vice president or dean (Policy Exceptions Form)


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Authorization

    • Overnight travel

      • Pre-approval using Travel Authorization Form

      • If employee or group travel – supervisor’s approval

      • If non-employee (e.g. job candidate) – head of org unit approval

    • Same day travel (or within Cincinnati)

      • No pre-approval but

      • Subject to same reimbursement and documentation requirements

    • Travel Expense Report – completed and submitted within 30 calendar days of trip’s conclusion

      • Must be submitted and approved before payment/reimbursement


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Types of travel

    • Incidental

    • Same day

    • Overnight travel (i.e. requires lodging for overnight stay)

    • Domestic

    • In-state

    • Out-of-state

    • International

    • Group (e.g. team travel, study abroad, field trips)

    • Recruiting/speakers/visitors (i.e. non-university individuals)

    • Spouse/family (related to employment recruitment)


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • International travel

    • General

      • Umbrella policy under development; meanwhile use this one

      • Where there is a U. S. State Department Travel Warning, university recommends against but doesn’t prohibit

      • SEEK GUIDANCE from UC International (556-4402)

      • Pre-approval using Travel Authorization Form

      • Travel Expense Report – completed and submitted within 30 calendar days of trip’s conclusion


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • International travel (cont.)

    • Carriers

      • Lowest available coach/economy consistent with scheduling

      • First or business class only if the following three conditions are met

        • Medical condition (indicated by physician)

        • Documented & approved by University Health Services

        • Pre-approved by traveler’s supervisor (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      • Contact grants administrator for guidelines and restrictions for travel on sponsored projects

        • For certain grants – must use U.S. Flag air carrier; check with the grant administrator

    • Lodging – reasonable and documented


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • International travel (cont.)

    • Meals

      • Current federal per diem rate for the foreign city

      • Need not be pro-rated

    • Car rental

      • Purchase all local, statutory, and optional insurance coverages

      • Documentation required for reimbursement

    • Ground Transportation

      • Examples: shuttle (airport/hotel), bus, taxi, tram, train, parking

      • Use care to obtain lowest cost

      • Obtain original receipts if possible

    • Currency

      • UC employees

        • Use rate of exchange at the time of departure from foreign country for non-credit card expenditures

        • Indicate exchange rate on Travel Expense Report

      • International residents may be paid in the currency of their origin country


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel

    • General

      • Transportation mode – safe, cost-effective, efficient

      • Make arrangements early (ideally 30 days in advance)

    • Modes of transportation

      • Common carrier

      • Privately-owned aircraft

      • Charter flight

      • Personally-owned vehicle

      • University vehicle

      • Rental vehicle

      • Ground transportation


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation

    • Common carrier

      • Lowest available coach/economy consistent with scheduling

      • First or business class only if the following three conditions are met

        • Medical condition (indicated by physician)

        • Documented & approved by University Health Services

        • Pre-approved by traveler’s supervisor (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      • Contact grants administrator for guidelines and restrictions for travel on sponsored projects

      • Vouchers/credits for unused tickets

        • Must be used for university business


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation

    • Privately-owned aircraft

      • Pre-approved by supervisor (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      • Air travel is justified and commercial service not available

        • Between departure/destination points or

        • Can’t accommodate necessary time schedules

      • Must meet policy’s insurance requirements (see Travel Expenses policy for specifics)

      • Reimbursed at commercial coach fare rate from an authorized source (e.g. University Authorized Travel Agency)


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation(cont.)

    • Charter flights

      • Pre-approved by president or appropriate senior vice president (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      • Provide a list of all travelers

      • Air travel is justified and commercial service not available

        • Between departure/destination points or

        • Can’t accommodate necessary time schedules

      • Transportation of non-essential individuals

        • At no charge is prohibited

        • At a fair fee if extra seats


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation (cont.)

    • Personally-owned vehicle

      • Mileage is reimbursed(Variant Expense Rate Table)

      • Should not exceed cost of least expensive airfare or rental car

        • Consider additional costs when comparing

      • Signature on Travel Authorization Form certifies:

        • Valid US or Canadian driver’s license

        • Proper insurance coverage (see Travel Expenses policy for specifics)

    • University vehicles

      • No mileage reimbursement

      • Reimbursed for

        • Incurred service expenses necessary for safe/efficient operation

        • With original receipts


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation (cont.)

    • Rental vehicle

      • For individual: intermediate size or lowest rate

      • For groups: full size or van; all authorized drivers must be listed

      • Reimbursed

        • Rental charge and actual fuel expenses

        • Submit original itemized receipt with Travel Expense Report

      • Not reimbursed

        • Mileage

        • Insurance or additional coverage; print letter certifying university insurance policy and submit to rental agency

      • Use of rental vehicle to make (not rental while at a destination) the trip: may be used when the overall cost is less than the cost of other means of transportation


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Domestic travel - modes of transportation(cont.)

    • Ground Transportation

      • Examples: shuttle (airport/hotel), bus, taxi, tram, train, parking

      • Use care to obtain lowest cost

      • Original receipts are required


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Lodging

    • Reimbursed if pre-authorized overnight travel

    • Hotels

      • Reasonable, standard business room rate

      • If conference/convention – limited to that rate

      • Ask for discounts

      • Need itemized original receipts

      • Hotel gratuity may be reimbursed if reasonable and approved by supervisor

      • If paid by Purchasing Card

        • Itemize in Travel Expense Report (but indicate P-Card paid)

        • Not reimbursed

        • Keep original receipt with P-Card log


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Lodging (cont.)

    • Private residence

      • Standard university per person per day rate (Variant Expense Rate Table)

      • Include a statement acknowledging stay in Travel Expense Report

    • Extended stays(i.e. weekend travel to get lower fares)

      • Reimbursed for living expenses on extra days only if end result reduces total travel costs of trip


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Meals

    • Reimbursed if pre-authorized overnight travel

    • Amount

      • Current federal per diem for that city

      • Gratuities are part of per diem; not > 20%

      • No need to pro-rate

      • If paid by Purchasing Card

        • Itemize in Travel Expense Report (but indicate P-Card paid)

        • Not reimbursed

        • Keep original receipt with P-Card log

      • For alcohol or entertainment expenses – see those policies


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Pre-Payments / Payments / Reimbursement

    • With proper documentation and for allowable expenses

  • Pre-Payments

    • When possible?

      • Airline tickets through a university travel agency

      • Registration fee is $50 or more

      • One night’s lodging if credit card cannot be used to guarantee room

    • How?

      • Send Funds Reservation with completed, approved Travel Authorization Form and supporting documents to Accounts Payable

      • If cost-sensitive, airline tickets through contracted travel agency, Funds Reservation and Travel Authorization Form can be faxed to Accounts Payable


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Purchasing Card Payments (for travel)

    • Must have travel P-Card authorization

    • Must adhere to all limits of this policy

    • Must adhere to your P-Card limits

      • For amounts over P-Card limits, use personal card and seek reimbursement on Travel Expense Report

    • Indicate P-Card amounts on Travel Expense Report but note that P-Card paid

    • Keep original P-Card receipts with P-Card log


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Cash Advances

    • Only for group/team travel; not for individual travel

    • Not to exceed 80% of projected cost

    • How?

      • Responsible UC employee must complete and send Funds Reservation and signed Travel Authorization Form to Accounts Payable

      • Responsible person receives check

      • Any remaining cash advance balance – to be deposited with A-151 immediately upon trip conclusion

      • Within 30 calendar days, submit detailed and approved Travel Expense Report to Accounts Payable

    • Exceptions: case-by-case basis by Treasurer’s Office


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Other travel related points:

    • Overages - if reimbursement is overpaid, excess must be returned immediately

    • Personal funds

      • Review guidelines for allowable reimbursements before using personal funds

      • Do not use to pay for travel expenses of “prospective” employees, students, guests

      • Only reimbursed after trip and after approved Travel Expense Report submitted


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Other travel related points:

    • Personal convenience expenses

      • Not reimbursed; e.g. haircuts, in-flight movies, hotel pay-per-view, spa services

      • Laundry and dry cleaning may be reimbursed if reasonable and during a stay of 7 days or more

      • Not reimbursed: passports, immunizations, visas when not required as condition of travel


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Other travel related points: (cont.)

    • Airline club memberships – not paid/reimbursed by university

    • Cancellations – costs incurred by failure to cancel travel reservations in a timely manner will not be reimbursed

    • Extended stays (i.e. vacation time added to trip)

      • Cost variance must be clearly defined

      • University will not prepay personal expenses with intention of being repaid

      • Personal expenses will not be reimbursed

      • Cost cannot exceed what trip would otherwise have cost university


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Reporting and Documentation

    • Expenses must be fully documented

    • If per diem for meals, itemized receipts for meals not required

    • Meals charged to a P-Card require original receipts

    • Supervisor must review Travel Expense Reports before approving


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Rules and Steps

    • One Travel Expense Report per trip

      • If overnight, include Travel Authorization Form with Travel Expense Report

      • Filed within 30 calendar days of trip’s conclusion

        • Exceptions require approval from dean, vice president or senior vice president (Policy Exceptions Form)

    • Personal vehicle mileage for same day/incidental travel

      • Within 30 calendar days, submit mileage expenses on a Travel Expense Report along with a Mileage Log approved by the traveler’s supervisor


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Rules and Steps (cont.)

    • Receipts

      • If not P-Card, must show traveler’s name

      • If lost, traveler’s responsibility to obtain duplicate from vendor

      • If not available by vendor, traveler to contact their card-issuing bank to provide one

      • Non P-Card receipts substantiate amount due to traveler

    • Purchasing Card

      • Keep original P-Card receipts with P-Card log

      • Itemize on Travel Expense Report but indicate that P-Card paid

      • If no amount is due traveler because ALL expenses are P-Card

        • Completed Travel Expense Report should remain with traveler’s P-Card log, should contain Travel Authorization Form and be approved by the traveler’s supervisor


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Reward Programs

    • University travelers may accrue frequent flyer miles for university-related travel

    • Per Ohio Ethics Commission

      • Accrued miles must be used for university-related business travel

      • Must be tracked separately


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Suggested GL Accounts

    • 530500 Employee Travel & Training

    • 530501 Employee Training Registration & Fees

    • 530503 Employee In-State Travel

    • 530504 Employee Out-of-State Travel

    • 530505 Employee Foreign Travel

    • 530701 Non-Employee Travel

    • 530702 Team Travel


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Policy 2.1.6Travel Expenses

  • Tools to help:

    • The Traveler’s Checklist provides a one-page summary of things to remember when traveling overnight.


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • Four categories

    • Overnight Travel Meals

    • Business Meals

    • University Functions

    • Non-university Functions

  • Overnight Travel Meals

    • Meal expenses during a trip that involves lodging for an overnight stay

    • See Travel Expenses Policy


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • Business Meals

    • Primary purpose: business discussion

    • Must include at least one non-university person whose presence is necessary

    • Properly documented

      • Time, date, place (whether on or off campus), business purpose, attendees (IRS Rules)

      • Must include clear business purpose

    • Covers only those individuals necessary


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • Business Meals (cont.)

    • Amounts

      • Current federal per diem rate for that city

      • Gratuities are part of per diem; not > 20%

      • No need to pro-rate

    • If fundraising, see Entertainment Expenses Policy

    • Sponsored Projects – Contact your grant administrator for guidelines and restrictions


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • University Functions

    • Food at seminars, retreats, workshops, orientations, other university functions

    • Properly documented

      • Include description of business purpose

      • If feasible, include list of attendees

    • Other functions where food/beverages may be provided

      • Board meetings

      • Meetings with external stakeholders or speakers

      • Activities with volunteers or where a majority of participants are students


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • University Functions (cont.)

    • Are NOT food at gatherings of university employees on a daily or similar ongoing basis

    • May cover food for gatherings of university employees

      • On an occasional basis (i.e. no more than 4 times during a fiscal year per organizational unit)

      • Where the primary purpose of the gathering is a formal business discussion (e.g. a “working” breakfast/lunch/dinner particularly if personal time is used to conduct university business)


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • Non-University Functions

    • Covers lunch/refreshments included in the registration fee for a conference, seminar or other meeting

    • Does not cover NON-overnight program where “lunch is on your own”

  • Policy exceptions

    • Approval by senior vice president, vice president, dean or their designee (Policy Exceptions Form)


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Policy 2.1.4Meal Expenses

  • Procedure

    • Include any required documentation and original receipts for overnight travel meals with approved Travel Expense Report or P-Card log

    • Include any required documentation and original receipts for non-travel meals with an A-114 or P-Card log

    • Suggested GL accounts:

      • 5305xx range for overnight travel meals

      • 5304xx range for other meals


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Policy 2.8.1Purchasing Card Violations


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Policy 2.8.1Purchasing Card Violations

  • Cardholder Responsibility

    • Use card responsibly

    • Use in manner consistent with university’s mission, ethical practices, laws, and policies

    • Keep current with Purchasing Card Policies and Procedures Manual


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Four Roles

    • Independent Reviewer

      • Person within department to sample/test transactions for adequate documentation and appropriateness

      • Cardholder cannot be own Independent Reviewer

      • Independent Reviewer should NOT be a subordinate to cardholder whenever possible

    • Card Verifier

      • Person who verifies validity of cardholder’s purchases and signs cardholder’s bank statement attesting to such


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Four Roles (cont.)

    • Cardholder

      • University employee whose name is on the card

      • Reviews and signs own statement

      • Accountable for all charges with that card

      • May be an Account Allocator for own account but can’t be a Card Verifier or Independent Reviewer for own account

    • Account Allocator

      • Person who can allocate charges to a non-default account in UC Flex

      • May be used in conjunction with the other roles


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Types of Violations

    • Abuse, misuse, negligence

      • No personal gain

    • Fraudulent use

      • Deliberate deception for unfair or unlawful gain


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Abuse, Misuse, Negligent Violations

    • Examples

      • Buying from a non-university contracted supplier

      • Pyramiding - intentionally splitting a purchase to circumvent delegated authority or transaction limits

      • Failing to maintain original receipts/documentation or obtain approvals

      • Other breaches of P-Card policies and procedures


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Abuse, Misuse, Negligent Violations: Administrative Actions

    • First violation:

      • Warning letter sent to cardholder and their organizational unit head

    • Second violation:

      • Warning letter sent to cardholder, their organizational unit head; copy to Internal Audit

      • Account suspended for one billing cycle

    • Third violation:

      • Letter indicating cardholder can no longer participate in P-Card program sent to cardholder, their organizational unit head; copies to Internal Audit, Purchasing, and the appropriate senior administrator (i.e. vice president, dean or higher)

      • Card is terminated

    • Reinstatement of a level-three violator may be authorized following a review and approval of appropriate senior vice president or vice president


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Policy 2.8.1 Purchasing Card Violations

  • Fraudulent Violations

    • Using the card for personal or non-university purchases

    • Administrative and/or Disciplinary Actions

      • Card termination

      • Potential disciplinary action up to and including

        • Employment termination

        • Criminal prosecution

      • Referred to Internal Audit to determine circumstances that warrant discussion with HR, Public Safety, General Counsel


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Policy 2.1.1Alcohol Purchases


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Policy 2.1.1Alcohol Purchases

(Note: this policy applies to alcohol purchases; Board Rule 10-17-07 addresses possession, sale and consumption of alcohol on campuses.)

  • Guidelines

    • May be justified for university-related purposes (e.g. business meals or university events)

    • Managed with common sense, due care

    • Organizational units or college policies may be more restrictive

  • Approval

    • Prior documented approval (signature or direct email) by senior vice president, vice president, dean or their designee (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

  • Amount - reasonable


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Policy 2.1.1Alcohol Purchases

  • Funding

    • Charge to discretionary gift funds or expendable endowment funds (that have a broad restriction to be used for the benefit of that area)

    • Do not charge to general, designated or auxiliary funds

    • See Academic Health Center Policy

  • Payment - not allowed on a P-Card

  • Sponsored Projects

    • Not allowed unless specifically part of grant/contract


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Policy 2.1.1Alcohol Purchases

  • Exemptions

    • Clinical or research use

    • Culinary (or similar) academic programs

    • Resale by auxiliaries

  • Procedure

    • Submit pre-approval document and original receipts with approved reimbursement/payment paperwork

    • Suggested GL accounts:

      530407 (Alcohol (Approved Purchases)) or

      531901 (Lab Supplies)

    • Fund must be discretionary fund

    • Academic Health Center uses Disbursement Document


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Policy 2.1.2Employee Recruiting Expenses


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Policy 2.1.2 Employee Recruiting Expenses

  • Allowable expenses

    • Meals and entertainment

    • Reasonable, prudent, commensurate with position

    • Detailed original receipts required

  • Meal expenses

    • Documentation: time, date, place, business purpose and attendees (IRS Rules)

    • Amount:

      • Current federal per diem rate for that city

      • Gratuities are part of per diem; not > 20%

      • No need to pro-rate


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Policy 2.1.2 Employee Recruiting Expenses

  • Other related expenses

    • Entertainment (Entertainment Policy)

    • Travel related to recruiting (Travel Expenses Policy)

    • Alcohol (Alcohol Purchases Policy)

    • Recruit accepts offer and moves (Moving Expenses Policy - in development)

  • Payment methods

    • Reimburse university employee

    • Reimburse recruit

    • Direct payment to vendor (including P-Card payments)


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Policy 2.1.2 Employee Recruiting Expenses

  • High Level Position Recruiting

    • Examples: department chairs, eminent scholars, deans, vice presidents

    • Amount for meals and entertainment

      • Greater than federal per diem IF documented pre-approval by president, senior vice president, vice president, dean (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      • Not in excess of $200


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Policy 2.1.2 Employee Recruiting Expenses

  • Exceptions to policy: senior vice president, vice president or dean approval (Policy Exceptions Form)

  • Procedure

    • Include any required documentation and original receipts with approved reimbursement/payment paperwork or P-Card log

    • Suggested GL accounts: 530401 (Refreshments & Meals), 530405 (Entertainment), 535603 (Meal Allowance)

    • Academic Health Center can use Disbursement Document


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Policy 2.1.3Entertainment Expenses


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Policy 2.1.3 Entertainment Expenses

  • What is “entertainment”?

    • Purpose of activity, event or meal is

      • Fundraising

      • Promotion of the university

      • Entertainment of university guests by “designated university officials” (i.e. deans, vice presidents, development officers, senior administrators, other employees asked to serve in a host capacity)

  • Entertainment expenses

    • Reasonable, fiscally prudent, appropriate to the occasion

    • Consistent with the university’s mission

    • Examples: performances, shows, hospitality, food and beverages, flowers, mementos

    • Approval by senior vice president, vice president, dean or their designee


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Policy 2.1.3 Entertainment Expenses

  • Amounts requiring pre-approval

    • Meal and entertainment expenses in excess of $200 per person per event; pre-approval by senior vice president, vice president or dean (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

      (Note: Meal and entertainment expenses in excess of $200 per person for employee recruiting are not reimbursed.[Employee Recruiting Policy])

  • Sponsored Projects

    • Not allowed unless specifically part of grant/contract


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Policy 2.1.3 Entertainment Expenses

  • Procedure

    • Include any required documentation and original receipts with approved reimbursement/payment paperwork or P-Card log

    • Suggested GL accounts: 530401 (Refreshments & Meals), 530405 (Entertainment), 530407 (Alcohol (Approved Purchases))

    • Note: Entertainment expenses while on “travel status” are not reimbursed through the Travel Expense Report.


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Policy 2.1.5 Professional Memberships, Certification, Dues, and Subscriptions


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Policy 2.1.5 Professional Memberships, Certification, Dues, and Subscriptions

  • Allowable expenditures

    • Subscriptions to professional journals/newspapers; (org units are encouraged to share)

    • Certification and licensing fees

    • Membership dues to external professional organizations

      • Not union dues

      • Not university organizations (e.g. UCAAMP, AAPW, UCATS, WIN, CRC)

    • Do NOT include Airline Clubs

  • Must

    • Be appropriate for individual’s position/duties

    • Benefit the university

    • Be approved by organizational unit head


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Policy 2.1.5 Professional Memberships, Certification, Dues, and Subscriptions

  • Private Club Memberships/Dues

    • May be appropriate for key university personnel to advance the institution

    • Require pre-approval by senior vice president, vice president or dean (Policy Pre-Approval Form)

    • Considered taxable income (IRS Rules)

    • Paid directly by individual; reimbursed through payroll

  • Sponsored Projects

    • Generally not allowable (however may be under certain unusual circumstances)

    • Contact your sponsored program officer


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Policy 2.1.5 Professional Memberships, Certification, Dues, and Subscriptions

  • Procedure

    • Include original receipts with approved reimbursement/payment paperwork or P-Card log

    • Suggested GL accounts:

      • 531100 (Memberships & Dues) or 531101 (Professional Memberships & Dues)

      • 532603 (Licensing/Certification Fees)

      • 531201(Journals/Print Subscriptions) or 531202 (Database Subscriptions)


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Policy 3.3.1Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Policy addresses

    • Reward or bonus programs

    • Service recognition programs

    • Acknowledgement for special life events

    • Related allowable expenditures

    • IRS implications

  • Encourages recognition of excellent performance and achievement

  • Rewards/bonuses are an important part of total compensation program; they are NOT

    • Supplemental compensation

    • Adjustments to base salary

    • Variable pay (such as commission)


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Units may

    • Develop a “Defined Reward/Bonus Program”

      • Consult with Human Resources

    • Give rewards/bonuses in immediate response to a specific accomplishment

    • Acknowledge employee contributions through service appreciation programs

    • Acknowledge certain employee life events

  • Definitions

    • Reward/Bonus – cash or non-cash award for significant outstanding performance

    • “Defined Reward/Bonus Program” – documented program developed, communicated, and implemented in consultation with HR and the president, senior vice president or vice president


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Guiding Principles

    • Given for significant outstanding performance that advances unit goals; tied to a specific accomplishment

    • Meaningful to the individual

    • Careful communication and distribution so not viewed as an entitlement

    • Not a substitute for a competitive salary


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Taxable income

    • All cash or cash-equivalents in any amount

    • Non-cash over $100

      • Applies to all non-cash during a calendar year

      • Examples: spirit wear, fruit basket, flowers

    • Must be reported to Payroll for income reporting and withholding


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Procedure

    • Cash (any amount)

      • Process a one-time UC Flex HR PCR (use BONUS for reason code)

    • Cash equivalent

      • Quarterly report to Payroll

    • Non-cash (up to $100)

      • Process through Accounts Payable or on P-Card

    • Non-cash over $100

      • Quarterly report to Payroll


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Appreciation of Service

    • May occasionally be appropriate

      • Individual or group for extraordinary performance related to current position

      • “Thank you” when departing the university (e.g. retirement)

    • Must be work related; not personal events

    • At discretion of senior vice president, vice president or dean

    • Reasonable

    • Same IRS rules on taxable income apply


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Employee Acknowledgements

    • May be appropriate to acknowledge certain life events

      • Examples: birth/adoption of child, death of immediate family member as defined by HR Family and Medical Leave Policy, get-well wishes to an employee

    • Encouraged to collect among colleagues first but org unit may offer support

    • Initiate at the org unit level to avoid duplication

    • Types of acknowledgement

      • Flowers, fruit basket, similar items

      • Contribution to a charitable organization if

        • Requested by family

        • Made to the named, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charity with a public service mission

    • May not exceed $100; not taxable


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Policy 3.3.1 Employee Reward, Recognition and Acknowledgement

  • Suggested GL Accounts for Other Costs Associated with Employee Recognition and Appreciation

    • 530205 (Plaques/Trophies/Awards)

    • 530207 (Flowers & Cards)

    • 530400 (Meetings/Seminars/Events)


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Policies Resources

  • Web site:www.uc.edu/af/policies

  • To schedule additional training:[email protected]

  • Policy questions e-mail:[email protected]

  • Frequently Asked Questions:www.uc.edu/af/policies/FAQ.html

  • Glossary:www.uc.edu/af/policies/glossary.html


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