The University of Colorado, the Boulder Campus and the Campus Controller's Office have defined policies and associated guidance to fulfill the requirements set for by the CU Board of Regents. These policies are intended to assist with our coordinated compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, to promote operational efficiencies, align with the university's missions, and mitigate the university's risk.
Our policies fall into several distinct areas such as Academics, Administrative, Human Resources, Research, and Fiscal. The Campus Controller's Office focuses on fiscal policies and guidelines which are intended to promote sound stewardship of the university's financial resources.
The University of Colorado system, CU Boulder Campus, Campus Controller's Office, and various other campus unit's policies and procedures are located in the tabs below. The content is generally divided by owner. Please check to see if there is an APS, Campus Policy, and a Procedure on the same topic. Broader topics with multiple links are also sorted by subject matter.
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Administrative Policy Statements are CU System Administration's policies designed to implement the laws and policies created by the Board of Regents. The Office of Policy and Efficiency oversees these system-wide policies - the Finance APSs:
Budget and Fiscal Planning assists with coordinating CU Boulder campus-wide budget planning, as well as identifying and allocating resources.
The University of Colorado Boulder campus-wide policies are available from our main website. Topics include:
There may be additional policies or procedures available from the CU-Boulder Campus Controller's Office, so please check that section as well.
The Accounting Handbook is designed to inform CU employees about policies, procedures, forms, and best practices in the area of financial management. Its intent is to assist employees with fiscal roles and responsibilities in the completion of their tasks and in understanding those duties. It incorporates and replaces the former Finance Procedural Statements.
CU's Fiscal Procedures replace Colorado State Fiscal Rules for the university to allow greater flexibility and control. Generally, the Fiscal Procedures provide guidance at a higher, broader, and less detailed level than the Accounting Handbook or other university policies and procedural statements.
PSC Procedural Statements provide instruction on how to comply with University Administrative Policy Statements (APS) and other University, State, and Federal regulations. These procedures cover the areas of purchasing and payables and include:
The Office of Vice Chancellor for Research in cooperation with the Office of Contracts and Grants coordinates policies and procedures that apply specific to research areas, including:
The Office of the Treasurer actively stewards and manages the financial resources of the University of Colorado: