Issuance Date: 01/17/1991
Issuing Office: Accounting Office
Property, Equipment, Money, and Other Securities Losses Resulting from Fire, Theft, or Other Named Perils
Known or Suspected Losses Resulting from Misappropriation of University Assets
Certification of Possession of University Funds
Csh : Petty Cash Disbursements
A petty cash fund can be established when there is a continuing demonstrated need to maintain cash on hand to permit the purchase of supplies and services for official University business which cannot be purchased through established procedures which include the use of blanket purchase orders, low value purchase orders, and the Storehouse and other University Service Departments.
Each petty cash fund is restricted to the originally approved amount and must have a per expenditure dollar limitation. The general rule for the campus is a maximum dollar limitation of $50 per expenditure. Each petty cash fund must be used strictly in accordance with the purpose for which it was authorized.
Receipts plus cash on hand must at all times equal the establishment amount of the petty cash fund.
Establishment of Petty Cash Funds
The campus Business Office is responsible for authorizing petty cash funds, for determining the amount of each fund, and for the per expenditure dollar limitation of each purchase or payment.
Requests to establish petty cash funds should be submitted to the campus Business Office. Requests must explain the need for a fund, the proposed fund amount, and the proposed custodian (see III.B.). Requests must be authorized by the department chair.
When a request for a petty cash fund is approved, the Business Office will initiate a Request for Issuance of Check payable to the custodian. The check will be issued by the Accounting Office and will be transmitted to the custodian with a request that the custodian refer to these procedures.
Designation of Custodian
The department head will designate a custodian for the petty cash fund who will be directly responsible for the controlling and disbursing of the cash. The original check to establish the petty cash fund and the replenishment checks are made payable to the custodian of the fund.
Petty Cash Disbursements
Expenditures from the petty cash fund must be made only for the purpose(s) for which the fund was authorized. Each petty cash expenditure must be supported by a receipt attached to a Request for Petty Cash Reimbursement form, Exhibit A. At the time that the expenditure is made, a sales slip, cash register receipt, or other document displaying the following information must be obtained:
Date of purchase or payment
Name of vendor or other payee.
Positive evidence that a payment was made, i.e., a cash register receipt or a handwritten receipt on which the word ``PAID'' appears.
The amount paid
A description of the goods purchased or the services provided (entered by the payee if a handwritten receipt is obtained, or by the purchaser if a cash register tape is issued).
A signature indicating receipt of material or services
Any exceptions to either the type or amount of an expenditure must be approved by the Bursar for the General Campus and the Director of Finance or designate for the UCSD Medical Center.
University employees can request reimbursement for authorized and approved expenditures by presenting a Petty Cash Reimbursement form with the proper documentation to either their departmental custodian or to the Central Cashier. Requests must be submitted in person.
Reimbursement of Petty Cash Funds
To request reimbursement, the accumulated Request for Petty Cash Reimbursement form with receipts or the appropriate document attached are listed on a Petty Cash Reimbursement Schedule similar to the sample form, Exhibit B, and then forwarded together to the Disbursements Division of the Accounting Office, Mail Code 0955. The complete accounting distribution for each charge must be provided.
The Petty Cash Reimbursement Schedule must be approved for payment by a designated staff member who is neither the custodian nor an employee reporting to the custodian.
A copy of the Petty Cash Reimbursement Schedule should be retained with the fund as evidence of a reimbursement request in transit.
The Accounting Office will prepare a check payable to the custodian in the total amount of the Petty Cash Reimbursement Schedule to replenish the fund. Reimbursment can be requested as needed, but always by the end of the fiscal year.
When not in use, the petty cash fund's currency must be placed in a safe or locked repository, and kept in a properly secured area.
In the event of either a theft or undetermined loss, the Campus Police must be notified immediately. A letter accompanied by the Campus Police report must be sent by the custodian to the department head, with copies to the Business Office, Accounting Office, and Department of Internal Audit outlining the facts and circumstances surrounding the loss. If the fund is to be replenished, a Request for Issuance of Check should be transmitted along with the copy of the letter being sent to the Business Office.
Change In Custody of Funds
When custody of a petty cash fund is transferred either temporarily or permanently to a different custodian, a Change of Custodianship form, Exhibit C, must be submitted to the Business Office.
Termination of Petty Cash Funds
When the petty cash fund is no longer required, the custodian must contact the Accounting Office-General Accounting Division to obtain instructions for depositing the fund with the Central Cashiers. A copy of the Central Cashiers' deposit receipt must be sent to the Business Office and Accounting Office-General Accounting Division.
Internal Control Procedures
Prior to June 30 of each year, the Accounting Office will mail each petty cash fund custodian a Certification of Possession form, Exhibit D. The custodian will complete and return the form as soon after June 30 as possible. Additionally, a surprise cash count of each petty cash fund will be performed as deemed necessary by the Assistant Vice Chancellor-Financial Services. Any major discrepancies disclosed either by the annual certification or a surprise cash count will be reported to Internal Audit.
Please make check payable to
Fund Custodian ___________________________ Date _______________________
Orginal - Accounting
Duplicate - Retain
Effective [date], Custodianship of the [department] Petty Cash/Chagne Fund (circle one) in the amount of $ __________ is transferred from [present custodian] to [new custodian], who will be responsible for the reason indicated below:
___New Custodian ___ Vacation ___ Sickness ___ Other: ___________________________
*Actual cash count when Fund is transferred must be witnessed *
(present custodian signature) (witness signature)
(new/temporary custodian signature) / (date)
Upon making an actual cash count, I herey relieve [temporary custodian] as Temporary Custodian of the [department] Petty Cash/Change Fund (circle one) in the amount of $ ________.
(temporary custodian signature) (offical custodian signature) / date
To General Accounting Office:
(Business Office approval) / date
SUBJECT: PETTY CASH
I. June 30, 1990 Request for Reimbursement
* * * * *PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO ANNA AT 0953 WHEN COMPLETED* * * * *
II. June 30, 1990 Certificate of Possesion
Total Fund: Total Currency _____________ + Total Coin ______________ = $ __________ *
* Should equal amount issued to Custodian. if there is a variance, i.e., cash short or over, please fill in the reason for the variance in the Comment Section above. For example, if you are short due to a pending "Request for Reimbursement", please so indicate in the Comment area.
If any of the following information is incorrect, please cross out the incorrect items and note corrections.
* * * * *PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO ANNA AT 0953 WHEN COMPLETED* * * * *