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SUBJECT: SPECIAL CHECKS
NUMBER: 275
AUTHORIZING BODY: VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
DATE ISSUED: APRIL 1970
LAST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2007

RATIONALE:  The University produces checks on a regular schedule as payment to vendors and for student refunds.  In certain emergency or unusual circumstances, it may be necessary to request a check from the Accounts Payable Department outside of the normal process.

POLICY:  The University uses Special Checks for emergency payment when there is insufficient time for processing payment through regular procedures.  Departments may request a Special Check only on an emergency basis.  Departments are responsible for preparing and submitting vouchers on a timely basis, so that payment can be made through regular voucher processing procedures by the invoice due date.

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY:  This policy applies to all Oakland University Employee groups.

DEFINITIONS:   

 

Special Check:  A “Special Check” is a check issued on an emergency basis and processed outside of the normal, regularly scheduled check run.

PROCEDURES:    

Requesting a Special Check

To have a Special Check prepared, the Department must:

  1. Complete Attachment 208.1 Payment Voucher (PV) or Small Order Purchase (SOP).

  2. Prepare a memorandum justifying the need for a Special Check.  This memorandum must include the following:
  1. Date the Special Check is needed;

  2. Date of the next 'computer-produced' check run (either the Accounting Office or Accounts Payable can provide this date);

  3. Explanation of why a Special Check is needed before the next 'computer-produced' check run date;

  4. Authorization by Department Manager.
  1. Present the completed voucher and the memorandum to the Accounting Manager.  The Accounting Manager will review the request for a Special Check and if appropriate will approve a Special Check.

  2. If the Accounting Manager approves the voucher, then the requesting Department should take the voucher and memorandum to Accounts Payable for auditing.

RELATED POLICIES AND FORMS:


Attachment 208.1 Payment Voucher  

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