The University of Colorado, the Boulder Campus and CCO have defined policies and associated guidance to fulfill the requirements set forth by the CU Board of Regents. Policies are intended to assist with our coordinated compliance with all applicable laws and regulations to:

  • promote operational efficiency;
  • align with the university's mission; and
  • mitigate risk to the university.

Policies fall into distinct areas: Academics, Administrative, HR, Research and Fiscal. CCO-focused fiscal policies and guidelines are intended to promote sound stewardship of the university's financial resources.

Administrative Policy Statements - Managed by the Office of Policy and Efficiency

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:

  • Acceptance of Payment Card Cost and Risk 
  • Alcohol Beverages Purchased for University Events
  • Allocating Sponsored Project Funding on More than One Campus 
  • Bank Account and Investment Account Restrictions
  • Collection of Personal Data from Students and Customers
  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Contracting Authority 
  • Co-ordination of Audits
  • CU Foundation Transfers
  • Direct Spending from a Foundation on Behalf of the University
  • Donations
  • Fiscal Certification
  • Fiscal Code of Ethics
  • Fiscal Misconduct Reporting
  • Fiscal Roles and Responsibilities
  • Insurance and Indemnification Requirements for Use of Facilities resources by Non-University Groups 
  • License and Certification Fees, Memberships, or Dues
  • Officer Disclosure of Interests
  • Operation of University Vehicles
  • Payment Card Cost and Risk; Acceptance of
  • Permanent Land Fund
  • Procedures for Allocating Sponsored Project Funding on More Than One Campus
  • Propriety of Expenses
  • Reimbursement for Work Done on Behalf of a University of Colorado Supporting Foundation
  • Special Tuition Status
  • Student Retirement Plan
  • Travel Authorization
  • Tuition Assistance Benefit
Alcohol Events on Campus
Board of Regents

University of Colorado Board of Regents Laws and Policies.

Budget & Fiscal Planning

Budget and Fiscal Planning assists with coordinating CU Boulder campus-wide budget planning, as well as identifying and allocating resources.

  • General Fund Budget Deficit Policy
  • General Fund Deficit Calculation
  • General Fund Benefit Policy
CU Boulder (Campus Policies)

The University of Colorado Boulder campus-wide policies are available from our main website. Topics include:

  • Administration
  • Campus Use of University Facilities(CUUF)
  • Education, Teaching & Research
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Student Life

There may be additional policies or procedures available from the CU Boulder Campus Controller's Office, so please check that section as well.

Office of University Controller (OUC)

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. 

Procurement Service Center - 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:

  • Advance Payment to Vendors
  • After-the-Fact Purchases
  • Alcoholic Beverages Purchased for University Events
  • Business Expense Reimbursement
  • Cash Advances
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Official Functions
  • Payment Voucher/Authorization
  • Personal Technology & Telecommunications
  • Petty Cash & Change Funds
  • Recognition & Training
  • Sensitive Expenses
  • Student Payments
  • Study Subject Payments
  • Travel
  • Travel Card Handbook
  • Undocumented Reimbursement
  • W-9 & Vendor Authorization
Vice Chancellor for Research

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:

  • Animal Use
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Cooperative Research
  • Spending
  • Establishing Institutes, Centers, Laboratories, and Bureaus
  • Export Control
  • Human Subjects
  • Research Property Disposal
  • Research Computing
  • Research Faculty
  • Research Misconduct
  • Research Safety
  • Restricted, Proprietary, and Classified Research
Office of the Treasurer of the University

The Office of the Treasurer actively stewards and manages the financial resources of the University of Colorado:

  • Wire Transfer Policy
  • Investment Valuation Policy
  • ACH Payment and Security Policy
  • Precard Business Practices Checklist
  • Card Merchant Guide