Policies

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Payment Collection and Cash Handling Policy

Policy Purpose

Farmingdale State College is required to maintain an effective system of internal control in order to protect its assets and to minimize risk. Cash handling and payment collection are activities that carry considerable risk of errors, loss, mishandling, and fraudulent activity. Developing and maintaining precise policies and procedures is the most effective way to protect employees and resources, and to minimize risk.

Persons Affected

Faculty, Staff, Students

Policy Statement

Collection of funds of any kind for College-related activities must be pre-approved by the Budget Office. A New Account Application Form must be completed and submitted to the Budget Office within 30 days of the beginning of the proposed activity. Once the New Account Application Form has been approved, and the Budget Office has notified you that you are an authorized Payment Collection Location, specific accounts and procedures will be assigned based on the source, use, and ownership of the funds to be collected. Payments may be received at the point of sale, online via Marketplace, or by mail. All funds collected must be deposited into appropriate accounts before they can be used for any purpose. The following procedures are required in order to ensure appropriate internal controls are in place to safeguard against loss. College employees are required to follow the corresponding procedures outlined below when collecting any type of funds.

This policy applies to all Farmingdale State College departments or functional areas, employees and students who participate in the collection, transmission, deposit, and/or reconciliation of funds (i.e. currency, checks, money orders, credit/debit card or other electronic transactions) in support of any College-related activity. It does NOT apply to the collection of funds for non-College or non-State purposes such as:

- Alumni Association activities

- Farmingdale State College Foundation activities

(Note: The above entities provide their own payment handling and collection policies and procedures which are no less stringent than the procedures set forth in this policy.)

- Voluntary collections from and for the benefit of co-workers (e.g. coffee club, water fund, sympathy or birthday gifts, etc.)

For payment collections associated with Student Government Association (SGA) and Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC), departments should refer to any additional specific policies and/or procedures unique to those organizations in addition to the requirements and guidance contained herein.

The collection of cash is prohibited unless the department receives prior approval from the Budget Office.

The following collection and expenditure activities are prohibited:

  1. College employees are not permitted to collect or hold funds privately on behalf of the College. Employees must not open private or personal accounts for collection and/or deposit of funds related to College activities. This includes, but is not limited to, cash boxes, bank accounts, electronic payment services, or any other form of storage of funds.
  2. College employees are not permitted to make direct expenditures from funds collected. All funds must be deposited into appropriate accounts and any expenditures from these accounts must be requested.

Procedures

Authorization to Collect Payments

Approval from the Budget Office is required before a department or functional area may receive or collect payment. A New Account Application Form must be completed and sumbitted to the Budget Office within 30 days of beginning the proposed activity. The Budget Office will review the proposed activity, assist the New Account Manager or department in developing specific payment collection procedures, and identify the proper account for deposits. This will ensure that funds are directed to the correct campus IFR or Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) Agency Account and that the appropiate controls are in place to manage collection and deposit of funds.

If the Budget Office determines that an ASC Agency Account is most appropriate, the New Account Manager or department will have to complete a Trust and Agency Account Application with the ASC and follow ASC specific guidelines, policies and procedures in addtion to these procedures.

Departmental Process

Each department may be collecting funds for different purposes and therefore the specific departmental process may vary. It is essential that each department create its own cash handling and payment collection process relevant to their area. These processes must be submitted to the Budget Office for review and guidance before beginning a payment collection program. The department should review any departmental process annually and update if necessary.

Transmission of Funds to Central Payment Location

All funds collected, including currency, checks, or credit card receipts, must be transmitted to the appropriate central payment location. Student Accounts serves as the central payment location for college-held deposits. In limited circumstances where an Agency Account is established, pursuant to the approval of the Budget Office, the Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) may serve as the central payment location. Funds to be deposited to ASC Agency Accounts may be delivered directly to ASC. The appropriate account and procedure will be determined when the payment collection activity is authorized by the Budget Office.

General Procedures for Collecting Payments

  1. Once collected, cash and checks must be locked in a secure location, such as a locking safe or cabinet, and delivered in person to the central payment location (Office of Student Accounts or ASC) within 48 hours of collection. If a secure location is not available, the funds should be delivered daily. Credit card payment receipts must be delivered daily.
  1. Currency, checks, and credit card receipts will be provided in all cases to either the Office of Student Accounts or ASC in order to be deposited into the appropriate campus IFR or ASC Agency Account.
  2. The Funds Transmittal Sheet must accompany all deliveries to the central payment location. Student Accounts (or ASC) will issue a receipt for all deposits which should be reconciled to the appropriate SUNY or Agency Account.
  3. Offices should immediately record all payments received including cash, checks, or credit payments in a Payment Log. This log is to include payment date, payment type, amount, the customer name, and a purpose field.
  4. There should be a segregation of duties to ensure no one person has complete control over the payment collection and deposit process. Whenever possible, two people should be present when a payment is collected. The person taking the payment should not be the same person making the deposit. Where segregation of duties is not feasible, implement additional supervisory reviews.
  5. A second person should verify the receipt of funds and maintain custody of the deposit until it can be delivered to Student Accounts or ASC.
  6. Offices may choose to send customers to the Office of Student Accounts or ASC for cash transactions rather than assuming the responsibility in the department.
  7. On a daily basis, or when appropriate, the total amount of funds received should be compared to the total recorded in the Payment Log.
  8. The log and corresponding deposit must accompany the Off-Site Revenue Deposit Form which must be sent to the central payment location for deposit within 48 hours of receipt. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for a copy of the form.
  9. The Payment Log should be reconciled with their corresponding account(s) on a regular basis. This reconciliation process is intended to ensure the amount of funds collected match the funds deposited. Any discrepancies should be addressed with the departmental staff and central payment location.
  10. If it cannot be determined how or why funds are unaccounted for or if there is suspicion of fraud or foul play, contact the Internal Control Officer or fraud hotline.
  11. Report any misplacement of cash or theft to University Police immediately.

Payment-specific Procedures

Cash

  1. Record all cash in the Payment Log immediately upon receipt.
  1. Issue a pre-numbered receipt, cash register receipt, or a Banner system-generated receipt for all funds collected. Include the date, payment amount, form of payment, and a description of item sold/event/service rendered.
  2. Provide a receipt copy to the individual making the payment.
  3. Where practical, post a sign at each regular cash collection location instructing customers to request a receipt for all cash payments.
  4. Maintain receipt records in the department for six full fiscal years after receipt of funds.
  5. Never put cash in inter-campus mail.

Cash Fund: If a cash fund is required for making change it must be kept in a locked facility. The Account Manager will record, count and reconcile the cash fund regularly. Once the cash fund is no longer needed, the cash should be deposited into the appropriate program-designated account.

Checks

If the Budget Office determines that an IFR account is most appropriate, checks should be made payable to Farmingdale State College. If the Budget Office determines that an Agency account is most appropriate, checks should be made payable to Auxiliary Services Corporation.

  1. Only checks payable to Farmingdale State College or Auxiliary Services Coproation can be accepted and all checks must include the bak customer name, address and phone number.
  2. Staff should ensure that the amount written in numbers matches the amount written in workds, that the check is signed and has a current date.
  3. Endorse the check immediately with “For Deposit Only – Farmingdale State College” or “ASC”, if appropriate, and enter the informaiton in the check log.
  4. Funds received via mail should be opened, date stamped immediately, and recorded in the Payment Log

Point of Sale – Credit and Debit Payments

  1. If approved by the Budget Office following submissinon of the New Account Application Form, credit and debit payments may be collected utilizing a campus- issued and authorized Point of Sale device.
  2. Any locations approved to accept credit card payments must maintain compliance with all PCI standards and requirements.
  3. Daily receipts from a point of sale device must me matched to the daily batch closing slip from the device and recorded on the Funds Transmittal Sheet to be submitted to the Office of Student Accounts or ASC on a daily basis.
  4. Transcation receipts and any documents containg cardholder data must be stored in a secure location pending delivery to the central payment location.

Web-based Credit Card Payments

The college utilizes Marketplace to accept online payments for transactions not related to students’ accounts. Departments that are interested in using Marketplace should contact the Budget Office for further procedures and training. Departments are prohibited from using any other system to accept credit card payments, unless specifically approved by Administration and Finance.

Insufficient Funds

Occasionally a check deposited in the College or ASC banking institution will be refused for payment due to insufficient funds in the customer’s account. The office of Student Accounts or ASC will notify the department that received the payment when this occurs. It is the department’s responsibility to contact the customer and make alternate payment arrangements. The College reserves the right to turn over any delinquest payments to a private collection agency or to the Attorney General’s Office.

Payment Card Industry Compliance

All locations on campus that accept, handle, or process credit card payments are required to conform to Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards to ensure that processing, storage, and transmission of credit card information takes place in a secure environment. Further, vendors that provide card payment services on behalf of College departments must document that their services are PCI compliant. Additional guidance and requirements for PCI compliance can be found in the FSC PCI Compliance Policy. Assistance with PCI compliance is available through the Administration and Finance Office.

Sales Tax

Sales tax in the amount of 8.625% must be collected whenever a taxable item is sold to the public. Please contact the Budget Office for further clarification.

Internal Control Review and Records Retention

Locations collecting payments will be periodically reviewed by the College’s Internal Control Office to ensure compliance with these procedures and the Payment Collection and Cash Handling Policy and the aid with improving office payment procedures. Records must be filed, retained and available for review/audit for six full fiscal years (the timeframe established by New York State Records Retention Policy).

Definitions

Agency Account - an account held by the Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) on behalf of College-related activities that are not supported by State funds. Please refer to specific ASC policies and procedures.

Central Payment Location - the Office of Student Accounts (IFR accounts) or Auxiliary Services Corporation (Agency Accounts) are FSC’s designated central payment locations. They are responsible for depositing collected funds to the appropriate IFR or ASC account

Funds - for the purpose of this document, the term funds includes all methods of payment such as currency and coins, checks, money orders, credit/debit card transactions, and ACH or any form of electronic payments

IFR Account - a self-supporting state account that generates revenue to support its expenditures.

Marketplace: a comprehensive framework for eCommerce where campus departments can manage and operate online storefronts, registration sites, and secure payment pages.

Payment – including currency and coins, personal checks, business checks, tranveler’s checks, cashier’s checks, money orders and credit/debit card transactions.

Payment Collection Location - any office or College employee that has been approved, pursuant to the Payment Collection procedures, to collect funds as part of a College related activity including courserelated travel and activities, events and conferences, student activities (not related to a Student Association club), and SUNY or College-approved fees.

PCI Compliance - a set of data security standards required by the Payment Card Industry to ensure that processing, storage and transmission of credit card information takes place in a secure environment.

Related Documents

New Account Application Form

PCI Security Standards Council

Responsible Office

Budget Office

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Last Modified 10/20/20