CHAPTER 1: ACCOUNTING

Policy 1-1 ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS
The accounting principles of the University shal be based on generally accepted accounting
principles (GAAP) as adopted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and
applicable laws and regulations. When it is necessary to report compliance of financial
transactions with statutory requirements, supplemental schedules may be used. Preparation of
separate statutory-based reports may also be necessary.
Policy 1-2 INTERFACE WITH THE STATE FINANCIAL SYSTEM
The University shal have the option to use its own accounting systems with an automated
interface into the State’s system, or use the State’s system directly as determined by the Chief
Financial Officer and Controller. If the University chooses to use its own accounting system, the
Controller shal continue to report to the State Controller regarding its financial transactions as
required by law. To facilitate such reporting, the University shal maintain an electronic interface
with the State financial system acceptable to the State Controller and the University.
The University is authorized by the State Controller as the custodian of the University’s portion
of the financial database on the State financial system. The University shal not grant any
person access to financial data contained on the State financial system for general perusal,
other than University Employees or representatives for Official University Business purposes.
Specific requests for query access to the financial database of the University’s financial system
shal be in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act. See Policy Library, Public Records
Requests.
Policy 1-3 DELEGATED AUTHORITY

As used herein, the University President is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive
Vice President for Administration and Operations is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the
Assistant Vice President for Administration is in charge of procurement functions, and the
Controller is responsible for the fiscal management and fiscal integrity of the University. Al of
these individuals shal have the authority to delegate signature authority relative to these
Financial Policies as appropriate and shall document any delegations via an agreement signed
by the applicable Employees. Delegations are made to individuals and not positions and
therefore do not transfer to an Employee who fil s a position vacated by an Employee with
delegated or sub-delegated authority. Delegates shal observe all rules, procedures, dol ar
thresholds, and other requirements of the University, respectively, and the conditions, if any, of
their specific delegation.
These Policies may only be waived or amended upon approval of the CFO.
Policy 1-4 FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND INTERNAL CONTROLS
The University shal implement internal accounting and administrative controls that reasonably
ensure that financial transactions are accurate, reliable, and conform to these Policies prior to
recording transactions on the University financial system and prior to making payment. The
factors of risk, cost, and business requirements shal be considered when establishing these
internal controls.


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Policy 1-5 REPORTING OF FRAUD, THEFT, OR EMBEZZLEMENT
The University is responsible for the design and implementation of programs and controls to
prevent, deter, and detect fraud. Any suspected fraudulent misstatements of the financial
statements shal be reported to the Controller. Any suspected theft or embezzlement of
University funds or assets shal be handled in accordance with University’s Fraud Policies and
Procedures. See Whistleblower Policy.
Policy 1-6 ACCOUNTABILITY AND CAPITALIZATION OF EQUIPMENT
Each Department of the University, working with the Controller’s Office, is responsible for
ensuring that all Equipment acquired by the University is properly accounted for when acquired,
inventoried, and safeguarded throughout its useful life. Items with a useful life of greater than
one year purchased by the University either shal be 1) capitalized, if the cost of the Equipment
is $5,000 or greater, or 2) expensed in the fiscal year in which it was acquired.
Each Department of the University, working with the Controller’s Office, is responsible for
ensuring that all Equipment acquired by the University is properly accounted for at the time of
disposal. When Equipment is ready for disposal, the department is required to contact the
Controller’s Office to ensure appropriate procedures are followed. The University cannot donate
any University assets to any organization.
Campus departments are encouraged, but are not required, to maintain Equipment inventory
lists of Equipment costing less than $5,000 that the department believes is susceptible to theft,
such as computers, lab equipment, etc. If such lists are maintained, departments should review
and update the inventory lists on an annual basis.



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