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Banking services updates and cash handling best practices

Banking Services Updates and Cash Handling Best practices

CSU PDI 2014

January 14, 2014


Suzanne Zimmerer and Zach Campain

Banking services contacts
Banking Services contacts

  • Staff:

    • Banking Services and Accounts Receivable Manager - Suzanne Zimmerer: 491-1524

    • Banking Services Manager - Open Position: 491-7356

    • Banking Operations Specialist - Zach Campain: 491-7132

    • Banking Services Operations Manager - Catherine Murphy: 491-7131

    • Cashiers Supervisor - Becky Everett: 491-0597

    • Cashiers Office: 491-2767

      • Kathy Koeller, Patty Oakland, Sherri Rhule

Upcoming location changes
Upcoming Location changes

  • Banking Services is located on the 3rd floor of the Howes Street Business Center, but is moving to the 1st floor soon

  • The Cashier’s Office is located in room 175 of the Morgan Library, but is moving to the 1st floor of the Howes Street Business Center once the Spring 2014 semester is over

Why is proper cash handling important
Why is proper cash handling important?

  • Protection of University Assets

  • Cash is a sensitive asset

  • Efficient handling ensures cash is protected, accurately processed, and properly reported in the University’s financial system

  • Protection of University Employees

  • Against inappropriate charges of mishandling funds

Csu guidance
CSU Guidance

  • FPIs can be found on the Business & Financial Services web site at

    • Chapter 6: Cash and Credit

  • FPI 6-1 Receipt and Deposit of Cash and Checks

  • FPI 6-2 Petty Cash and Change Funds

  • FPI 6-3 Credit Card Merchant Accounts

Sales to the public fpi 6 1
Sales to the PublicFPI 6-1

  • All sales should be recorded in a cash receipts log and pre-numbered receipts given to the customer

  • Checks should be IMMEDIATELY endorsed “For Deposit Only”

  • Once a department receives receipts totaling $500 a deposit must be made to the Cashiers Office (and at a minimum once per month)

  • Extra precautions with large cash deposits

Best practices in cash handling
Best Practices in Cash Handling

  • Account for Cash as it is received

  • Ensure that checks are properly completed:

    • made payable to “Colorado State University”

    • are not stale dated or post dated

    • the numeric and written dollar amounts agree

    • it is drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars

    • the check is signed by the payer

  • Look for counterfeit currency

Guaranteed check amounts
Guaranteed check amounts

  • Cashier’s Office can no longer guarantee check amounts

  • The numeric and written amounts on a check must match

    • If they differ process the transactions for the amount written in words as this is the legal tender amount

Best practices in cash handling1
Best Practices in Cash Handling

  • Separate Individual Cash Handling Duties

  • Separate the components of cash handling – collecting, depositing, and reconciling – so that one individual does not have responsibility for more than one component

  • Different employees should not work out of the same cash drawer

Best practices in cash handling2
Best Practices in Cash Handling

  • Safeguarding Cash

  • Cash receipts and petty cash / change funds should be adequately secured at all times

  • Cash drawers should be locked when the employee responsible for it is away from the work station

  • At all other times, store coin, currency, and checks in a safe or locked secure place until they can be deposited at the Cashier’s Office

  • Safe combinations should be changed whenever staffing changes occur among those that know the combination

Best practices in cash handling3
Best Practices in Cash Handling

  • Reconciling Activity

  • Daily balancing should occur to reconcile the cash receipts register (cash register tape, pre-numbered receipts, or receipt log totals) to the Kuali deposits

  • Change fund should be counted to ensure it remains at the stated level

  • Any unidentified differences should be documented and a cash overage/shortage booked to the department’s operating Kuali account using object code 6634

Best practices in cash handling4
Best Practices in Cash Handling

  • Monitoring the Cash Handling Process

Departmental administrators not directly involved in the cash handling process should periodically:

  • Review the nature and extent of overages/shortages

  • Compare actual deposits recorded with expected receipts

  • Review activity reconciliations

  • Evaluate internal controls to ensure that adequate controls are in place to safeguard cash and that employees understand and follow the approved procedures

Petty cash funds fpi 6 2
Petty Cash FundsFPI 6-2

  • Money borrowed from the Cashier’s Office by a department which can be used for purchasing small or emergency items or services (under $50)

  • NOT for:

  • Payroll

  • Tocashpersonalchecksormakecashadvances

  • Travelexpenses

  • Officialfunctions

  • Banking Services reserves the right to perform a spontaneous audit on any Petty Cash or Change Fund

Petty cash funds fpi 6 21
Petty Cash FundsFPI 6-2

  • Request made with a “Request for a Petty Cash or Change Fund” form

  • Departmental personnel make purchases and request reimbursement from Petty Cash Fund custodian

  • Fund custodian requests reimbursement of fund through a Disbursement Voucher with collected receipts from departmental personnel as back up

  • Fund should be reimbursed as often as necessary to ensure adequate availability for future purchases but at least once per month

  • Fund custodian should count (reconcile) the fund monthly or as often as needed based on transaction volume

Change funds fpi 6 2
Change Funds FPI 6-2

  • Money borrowed from the Cashier’s Office by a department that is used for making change when goods or services are sold to the public

  • NOT for use as a petty cash fund. No purchases are to be made out of a change fund

  • Change funds are permanent as they are needed for ongoing business operations

    • Temporary Change funds are for one time events and the funds need to be returned to the Cashier’s Office when the event is over

Other banking services tips
OTHER banking services TIPS

  • Incoming Electronic Deposits

    • How to enroll a customer in ACH

    • What to do if you are expecting an incoming ACH or Wire

Credit card best practices education
Credit Card Best Practices Education

  • Examine the card! Has it been altered in any way? Is it expired? Is it signed?

  • Train employees on proper practices for accepting cards

  • Train employees on proper opening & closing procedures

  • Verify audit/settlement reports from POS device

  • Check signature with ID card

  • Perform AVS and CVV2 for CNP

Credit card best practices education cont d
Credit Card Best Practices Education (cont’d)

  • Storage of terminal sales receipts and reports– 18 months

  • Secured location – locked cabinet

  • Limited employee access – need to know basis

  • Terminal out of reach from customer

  • Truncation of sales receipts

Updates to university processing
Updates to University Processing

  • VoIP Project Conversion

    • Analog to IP conversion


  • V/MC/D Class Action Lawsuit

    • Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation

      • Claims that merchants paid excessive fees to accept V/MC

    • $6+ billion settlement

    • Accepted V/MC branded credit/debit cards in U.S. between Jan. 1, 2004 – Nov. 28, 2012


    • PCI DSS 3.0!

    • Changes that affect entire University

Merchant statements
Merchant statements

  • Merchant statements are now available online!

    • Department are notified by e-mail that statements are ready to be viewed

    • Statements can be downloaded and saved to local PC’s

    • No need to log into web site – viewing page as a guest

    • Statements are saved and organized in a monthly folder

Merchant statements1
Merchant statements

  • Merchants with multiple locations – statements are saved within their own folder for easy access

Common merchant mistakes
Common Merchant Mistakes

  • Do not run your own card to fund the business

  • Never let another merchant or business use your account

  • Do not set minimum or maximum dollar $

  • Merchants are not allowed to add a usage fee to offset the cost

    More info coming soon!

  • Do not split a trans into smaller amounts


  • Economic impact

  • Trusted employee

  • Skimming

  • Spoofing/Phishing

  • Vishing (combo of voice & phising)

  • Bank/Processor Fraud

  • Cardholder Fraud

  • Number Generators

  • Stolen, Altered & Fake Cards

  • ID Theft

Emerging technology and threats
Emerging Technology and threats

  • Technology

    • EMV – Europay, MasterCard and Visa: Global standard for “chip cards” and capable point of sale terminals

    • August 1st, 2011 – Visa announced intent to phase out static auth (sig & PIN)

    • October 1st, 2015 – Switch to EMV

  • Mobile Wallets

    • Google unveiled a mobile wallet platform that enables people with special phones pay for goods in retail shops by tapping the phone against a payment terminal

    • Limited to Citi issued MasterCard using Sprint’s Nexus S phone. New York and San Francisco test market

    • 120,000 U.S. shops – Macy’s, Walgreens, Subway, Toys ‘R’ US

Emerging technology and threats cont d
Emerging Technology and threats(cont’d)

  • Mobile Threats

    • Mobile Phising Attacks

    • Mobile Ransom Ware

    • Fake Firmware and Jailbreaks

  • Social Networking

    • Malware Propagation

    • Personal Information Exposure

    • Data Mining

Sensitive cardholder data
Sensitive cardholder data

PCI DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

  • A set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security

  • Security standard established to proactively protect customer account data

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Sensitive cardholder data

PCI DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

Examples of breaches why pci is so important
Examples of breaches – Why pci is so important

  • Sony PlayStation – 10 million credit cards at risk

  • Sony Online Ent. – Data breach of 12,700 non-us cc’s & 10,700 bank account #’s exposed

  • Citi credit card data breached for 200,000 customers

  • Heartland Payment Systems Inc. – over 100 million cards

  • TJX data breach – 45.6 million cards

  • CardSystems Solutions – 40 million

  • Target Stores – 40 million credit and debit cards

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