UB Financial Guidelines and Policies

Guidelines and policies are the framework of our financial transactions.


  • Food and Beverage
    Food and beverage reimbursement guidelines are described in the Allowable Use of Funds Policy. 
  • Reserve Account Guidelines
    Learn how to use reserve accounts to effectively plan for the future.
  • Student Club and Organizations Financial Guidelines
    It is important for students and faculty or staff advisors to understand their responsibilities and the potential liabilities when managing an organization's funds. These guidelines outline requirements and best practices for managing funds. 


  • Agency Account Guidelines (SUNY)
    The State University of New York (University) use agency accounts to receive, hold and disburse funds on behalf of students, faculty, staff members or appropriately recognized organizations. Agency accounts exist because there is a relationship between the University and the activity from which the funds are derived. These non-state agency accounts are funded from activities such as conferences, child-care centers, student activity fees, orientation fees and a number of other activities. Agency accounts are not to be used to receive, hold or disburse state funds.
  • Approved Entity for Fiscal Administration of Sponsored Projects
    Funds provided by an organization external to the university in support of research, training, evaluative testing, or public service projects (sponsored projects) directed by UB faculty or staff as part of their university work must be deposited with, and administered by, either the Research Foundation or UB Foundation Services, Inc.
  • Cost Transfer Policy
    Cost transfers are appropriate when their purpose is to correct posting or bookkeeping errors in the original charges, to appropriately reallocate expenditures between accounts, or to transfer pre-award costs from an institutional account to a sponsored project account.
  • Credit/Debit Card Merchant Requirements
    Credit/debit card payments must be processed in an efficient, consistent, secure and controlled manner in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard.
  • Disclosure of all Funds Generated Through the Use of University Faculty or Staff Time and/or the Use of University Facilities
    University faculty and staff must disclose all funds generated through the use of university faculty or staff time and/or use of university equipment or facilities.
  • Financial Management of Service Centers
    Guidelines for the financial management of service centers ensure accurate cost allocation. Consistent billing practices that document costs, charges, and billing rates, and where applicable, compliance with federal government cost principles.
  • Financial Management of University Fees Policy
    This policy provides guidelines for the financial management of university fees to support: Accurate cost calculations; consistent operational practices to document revenue, costs, and fee rates; compliance with SUNY and university policies; and adequate internal controls
  • Financial Responsibility for Sponsored Projects
    The Principal Investigator is responsible for the financial management of a sponsored project. The College or School to which credit is assigned for a sponsored project is responsible, in proportion to credit assigned to it, for all costs charged to that sponsored project.
  • General University Service Fee (GUSF) Policy
    A General University Service Fee (GUSF) is charged on revenue deposited in state IFR, UBF, RF and CDS accounts.
  • Graduate Student Tuition on Research Awards
    Graduate students may be employed as Research Project Assistants to perform necessary work on research projects. Compensation for Research Project Assistants must include salary and tuition remission.
  • Indirect (Facilities and Administrative) Cost Recovery and Distribution Policy
    Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs are charged to externally sponsored awards, unless specifically prohibited by the funding agency. A percentage of F&A Costs recovered from sponsored projects is distributed to university entities based upon the affiliation and relative contributions of key personnel to project objectives.
  • Institutional Base Salary for Sponsored Projects
    Institutional Base Salary (IBS) is the annual salary paid to an individual for performance of all professional obligations required by the individual’s primary UB appointment.
  • Mobile Communication Devices
    This policy provides guidance and a framework for decision-making regarding mobile communication devices and related services.
  • Moving Expense Reimbursement
    Departmental funds may be used to reimburse certain expenses incurred by new appointees when transporting themselves, their families, and household goods and personal effects to their new place of residence. This policy applies to State, RF, and UBF appointments.
  • Raffle Policy for University Fundraising Efforts
    University departments, entities, and organizations may conduct raffles to raise funds in support of university related activities in accordance with this policy.
  • Red Flags Identity Theft Prevention
    Requirements of the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule must be followed when extending credit to individuals for services provided by the university.
  • Residual Balance on Fixed Price Contracts for Sponsored Projects
    This policy provides guidelines for the management, accounting, and proper use of Research Foundation (RF) residual balances for fixed price awards including, but not limited to, industry-sponsored clinical trial awards.
  • Royalty Distribution Policy
    The University at Buffalo (UB, University) encourages innovation by its faculty, staff, and students. When those innovations are licensed and generate royalty income for the University, that royalty income is shared with those who made the innovation.
  • Safeguarding Cash and Cash Equivalents
    Everyone in the UB community has the responsibility to safeguard cash and cash equivalents. This policy provides guidance for the administration of and internal controls over university cash handling operations.
  • Unclaimed Checks Policy
    Reimbursement checks, payroll checks and direct deposit advices that cannot be delivered because a department cannot locate the employee must be returned to the appropriate business office within the required time period.

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