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1 Ohio University Cash Handling Training

2 Background Cash is handled by over 200 locations across the University Internal Audits – cash handling a common problem Ohio University Board of Trustees supports our initiative to develop a training program and improve internal controls

3 Cash Handling – Its my job Whether you take in lots of money or…… ……you collect pennies

4 Cash Handling Controls ……..the principles of good cash handling are: Segregation of Duties Security Reconciliation Management Review Documentation

5 What is included in Cash Handling ? Its not just cash. It includes the following: Coins Currency Checks Money Orders Credit Card Transactions Cash Equivalents Accounts receivable charges Tokens Tickets Stamps Gift Cards Chemistry Breakage Cards Library Media Cards

6 First, lets talk about risk and controls…. Who or what is at risk? The Money WHY? You

7 Risk and Controls!! Remember – In the cash collecting process, YOU are just as important as the cash……….. The controls (rules) that we will discuss are designed to protect both YOU and the cash you are handling.

8 Risk? Cash is lost Cash is stolen Bank Statement doesnt agree with dept records No audit trail Finger pointing/Accusations Lost revenues

9 Departmental cash handling supervisor develops a plan: Is a change fund needed? How is cash received? Mail or in person? Who is going to collect the cash? Record the cash? How is the cash going to be secured? Who is going to prepare the deposit? How? Deposit at the Bank or Business Office? When? Reconciliation? Management Review? Who needs training? Before cash collection begins….. The planning checklist Controls

10 Is a change fund needed? If you are going to make change, then you need a change fund. (Refer to Policy #41.122) oComplete a PettyCash/Change Fund form to request a change fund and send to: Controller, 204 HDL Center. Keep amount at bare minimum. Talk with the Controllers Office…they will help you determine how much you need. oKeep the cash safe! ( More on that later) oThe fund should be balanced each day of use, but at least once per week, and records kept. oNever, never use the change fund for making purchases, cashing checks, giving loans, or for travel advances. oNever, never make change from your personal cash! Making change =

11 How is cash received? Mail or in person? Who is going to collect the cash? Record the cash? In person: Enter cash amount on a cashiering system or pre-numbered duplicate receipt. Give one copy of receipt to the customer. IMMEDIATELY RESTRICTIVELY ENDORSE CHECKS For Deposit Only Ohio University You can use a stamp with this message or just write it on the back of the check – either works fine. Note: It would be helpful to list a departmental code on the back of the check in case of a check being returned. Collecting the cash

12 How is cash received? Mail or in person? Who is going to collect the cash? Record the cash? In person (continued): Only one person should have access to the cash register, receipts book or cash drawer during any one shift. Balance receipts in the cash drawer at the end of each shift. If there is more than one person receiving cash at the same time, each person must have their own cash drawer and cash receipts book. For proper segregation of duties, the person collecting cash can not have any other responsibilities related to cash handling including recording or changing charges on customer accounts. Collecting the cash

13 How is cash received? Mail or in person? Who is going to collect the cash? Record the cash? By Mail: One person should open the mail and immediately restrictively endorse each check – remember the endorsement should say For Deposit Only Ohio University. Enter each check into a cashiering system if you are using one. If not, then prepare a daily list of the checks... Collecting the cash The List Receipt #Payer NameDate ReceivedCheck #Check Amt.Received By

14 How is cash received? Mail or in person? Who is going to collect the cash? Record the cash? By Mail (continued): Checks received from externally sponsored agreements should be sent to: Grant Accounting Office, 280 HDL Center, for deposit. If you receive a check for the Foundation, forward it to the Foundation Office, 218 HDL Center. Checks intended for other departments should be forwarded to the correct Department. If you receive a check that doesnt belong to your department and it isnt clear where it belongs, forward it to the Bursars Office, 010 Chubb Hall. Collecting the cash

15 Now that we have collected the $$$$$$, what do we do with it? Secure Balance Deposit Reconcile Lets go back to Our checklist......

16 How is the cash going to be secured? WHILE IN USE….. Each person collecting cash should have their own till. While in use till money and/or collected cash must be secured in a cash box. Permanently attach the cash box in a drawer that can be locked and limit access to the drawer to the person responsible for that till. The cash box should remain locked when not in use. When collecting payments in a high traffic area, you may want to consider installing a contact alarm. When activated, this type of alarm will alert you that the drawer or cash box has been opened. Securing the cash

17 How is the cash going to be secured? OVERNIGHT STORAGE Ideally, your department has a safe close to the area where cash is collected....if you do, be sure that all collected cash is kept in the safe until deposited and all till money is kept in the safe when not in use. Access should be limited to supervisory and authorized personnel. Locate the safe where it is continually visible to department employees. Change the lock or combination on a regular basis (e.g. once each year) and when an employee who knows the combination leaves the unit. Securing the cash

18 If your department does not have a safe, then you must have a cash box that can be locked. The cash box must be secured in a locked drawer to which access is limited to the person collecting the cash and his/her immediate supervisor. Make sure that the key is kept in a secure, secret place. Securing the cash How is the cash going to be secured? What if your department does not have a safe for over night cash storage??

19 Balancing Cash receipts must be balanced every day. Compare the total cash, checks, credit card receipts, etc. to the cash register total or pre-numbered receipts. Balancer investigates and resolves discrepancies, then initials (or signs) & dates to document balancing. Balancer should not deposit or receive cash to maintain proper segregation of duties (can reconcile accounts).

20 Who is going to prepare the deposit? How? Deposit all funds intact. Do not use any of the money for purchases or to cash checks. Deposit should be prepared by someone who did not collect the cash. Hand deliver the deposit to the Bursars Office or to the Regional Campus Accountant. Funds must be deposited with the appropriate office by the business day following the day of receipt, unless, at the end of a business day, the amount to deposit is less than $1,000 AND the funds can be safeguarded. (Refer to University Policy # Deposits of Funds.) You are strongly encouraged to make deposits daily even if the cash collection for the day is below the threshold stated above. The Deposit

21 Reconciliation! Management Review! Do not ever overlook this step!! Cash reconciliation must be performed by a person with no cash handling responsibilities. Reconcile the cashier-approved deposit ticket to the departmental copy after the deposit has been made. Reconcile receipts to the departmental financial reports on a monthly basis to verify the processing or recording of all transactions. Maintain proof of these reconciliations with signature. Reconciliation

22 Management Responsibilities Establishing an effective internal control system Delegating responsibility for cash handling duties, maintaining proper segregation of duties Requiring that staff handling cash be properly trained & follow all procedures of the Universitys cash handling & depositing policies. This includes ensuring that staff meet the Staff Certification of Individuals requirements covered at the end of this presentation. Reviewing receipts and reconciliations on a regular basis, then initial (or sign) & date documentation reviewed

23 No matter who is collecting, depositing, and reconciling, Management is ultimately accountable. It is managements responsibility to regularly review the cash handling and reconciliation process to assure timeliness, accuracy and resolution of all outstanding issues. Management Review Review

24 Segregation of Duties This is the most important control in the cash collection process, and often, the most difficult to manage. A different person should be involved in each step: recording of charges/billing, cash receipting, cash depositing, and reconciliation. Lets talk about how to manage segregation of duties

25 Segregating Duties We want to see a different person doing each of the procedures! This is the best way to ensure that the process works well. What if you dont have 3 or 4 people to bill, collect, deposit and reconcile? Billing should be managed by the Bursar. Contact the Bursar, Sherry Downs, ( or to discuss billing for your

26 Segregating Duties If you dont think that you have enough people to segregate the collecting, depositing and reconciling functions, then you will have to develop mitigating controls. Is there a way to share responsibilities with another department? Can cash collections be centralized in the Bursars Office? If the segregation of duties is a problem for your department, please contact: the Bursar, the Controller, or Internal Audit.

27 Miscellaneous A/R External Billing Authorizations The Office of the Bursar bills external customers on behalf of departments and regional campuses Complete an External Billing Authorization Select Forms & Manuals Bursar Send completed authorization to Paula Maiden, 010 Chubb Hall

28 Available Cashiering/Collection Options Departmental Deposits Departments can build their deposits directly in CASHNet rather than completing a paper deposit slip detailing the general ledger accounts impacted by the deposit. Operators in the Cashiers Office can then verify and complete the deposit, eliminating the need for any duplication of keying. eMarkets Provides campus departments an easy way to create web storefronts where customers can select and pay for items in that store's catalog. Great for on-line conference registration. Contact Carole Gilkey ) for more

29 Keeping Records - Record Retention The following documents must be kept in the department for the current year plus three prior years: Cash receipt information Carbon copy of a pre-numbered receipt Sales log Deposit slips Cash over/short record Credit card receipts must be kept 18 months. Destroy credit card receipts Redact credit card number

30 Transporting Cash If you have responsibility for taking the cash deposits to a Business Office or to a bank, please use good common sense. Secure the cash and checks in a locked cash pouch. Dont be conspicuous. Dont take the same route or go at exactly the same time every day – dont be predictable.

31 Cash Equivalents If you have the responsibility for cash equivalents such as chemistry breakage cards or gift cards, remember that they must be treated as if they are cash: Secure in a locked safe or drawer. Record the sale. Balance sale – sales log against the list of available tickets, etc. Deposit cash promptly. Reconcile sales against statement of accounts. Resolve all outstanding issues.

32 Cash Handling Policies and Procedures Review Ohio University Policies: #41.122: Petty Cash and Change Funds #51.001: Deposits of Funds Review the Ohio University Cash Handling Guidelines online at: Select Other Bursar Services

33 Written departmental cash handling procedures Departmental procedures should be reviewed annually by departmental management for any procedural changes. Department is responsible for updating the procedures and communicating changes to affected staff. Staff certification for individuals with cash handling responsibilities Departmental management must ensure that current and new staff handling cash meet the requirements of the staff certification process. Annual cash handling training for all staff with cash handling responsibilities. What is Required by the University?

34 Staff Certification Responsibility Current staff are required to review this training presentation annually. Review current University Cash Handling Guidelines. Review departments cash handling procedures. Understand your role in your departments cash handling process. New staff must comply with these requirements within one month of starting cash handling duties.

35 Questions?

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