7.1.1 Allocation of Funds
The Board of Regents shall be the only medium through which formal requests shall be made for appropriations from the General Assembly and the Governor of the State of Georgia. Annually, the Board shall make the allocation of funds to the institutions at a meeting following the approval of the Appropriations Act, and shall approve the budgets of the institutions and of the office of the Board of Regents. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2017)
7.1.2 Accounting and Reporting
Accounting and reporting procedures of the Board of Regents shall be in accord with the Policies of the Board of Regents, approved by the Chancellor, and published by the USG chief fiscal officer.
When any situation develops that would create a deficit at an institution, the president shall take the appropriate corrective action. If the president determines that he/she cannot take adequate corrective action to eliminate the deficit, he/she shall inform the Chancellor and/or the USG chief fiscal officer immediately.
A USG financial report prepared by the USG chief fiscal officer shall be published annually (BoR Minutes, 1946-47, pp. 112-15).
The USG Budget shall comprise all funds received by USG institutions and agencies including, but not limited to, state appropriations, tuition, revenues generated from mandatory and elective fees as defined in Section 7.3.2 of this Policy Manual, federal, state and local grant and contract revenues, revenues from the sales of services, scholarship income, gifts and donations and the income generated therefrom, and any other such sources as are used to provide for teaching, research, and service and the general and educational activities and functions related thereto in support of the goals, objectives, and mission of the system.
7.2.1 Educational and General Revenues and Expenditures
Education and general revenues and expenditures shall be defined as revenues received and expenditures made to support the teaching, research and public service missions of USG institutions, which shall be categorized as follows.
The Instruction category includes expenditures for all activities that are part of an institution’s instruction program. Expenditures should be included for:
- Credit and noncredit courses;
- Academic, vocational, and technical instruction;
- Remedial and tutorial instruction; and,
- Regular, special, and extension sessions.
Expenditures for departmental research and public services that are not separately budgeted should also be included in this classification. This category includes expenditures for academic instruction when the primary assignment is, for example, administration - academic deans. Expenditures for department chairpersons and administrators for whom instruction is an important role are also included.
The Research category includes all expenditures for activities specifically organized to produce research, whether commissioned by an agency external to the institution or separately budgeted by an organizational unit within the institution. Subject to these conditions, the category includes expenditures for individual and/or project research as well as that of institutes and research centers.
This category does not include all sponsored programs, nor is it necessarily limited to sponsored research, since internally supported research programs, if separately budgeted, might be included in this category under the circumstances described. Expenditures for departmental research that are separately budgeted for research are included in this category; however, the research category does not include expenditures for departmental research that are not separately budgeted.
The Public Service category includes expenditures for activities established primarily to provide non-instructional services beneficial to individuals and groups external to the institution. These activities include community service programs, excluding instructional activities, and cooperative extension services.
Included in this category are conferences, institutes, general advisory services, reference bureaus, radio and television, consulting, and similar non-instructional services to particular sectors of the community.
The Academic Support category includes expenditures incurred to provide support services for the institution’s primary missions: instruction, research, and public service. It includes:
- Retention, preservation, and display of educational materials, for example, libraries, museums, galleries;
- Provision of services that directly assist the academic functions of the institution, such as demonstration schools associated with a department, school, or college of education;
- Media such as audio-visual services, and technology such as computing support;
- Academic administration, including academic deans but not department chairpersons, and personnel development providing administration support and management direction to the three primary missions (instruction, research, public service); and,
- Separately budgeted support for course and curriculum development.
For institutions that currently charge some of the expenses directly to the various operating units of the institution, such as computing support, this category does not reflect such expenses.
The Student Services category includes expenditures incurred for offices of admissions and the registrar, and activities with the primary purpose of contributing to students’ emotional and physical well-being and intellectual, cultural, and social development outside of the context of the formal instruction program.
It includes expenditures for student activities, cultural events, student newspapers, intramural athletics, student organizations, intercollegiate athletics (if the program is not operated as an essentially self-supporting activity and is not reported as an auxiliary), counseling and career guidance (excluding informal academic counseling by the faculty), student aid administration, and student health service (if not operated as an essentially self-supporting activity and is not reported as an auxiliary).
In recent years, some institutions have created an office of enrollment management. Expenditures for such an office are best categorized in Student Services.
(BoR minutes, May 2016)
The Institutional Support category includes expenditures for:
- Central executive-level activities concerned with management and long-range planning for the entire institution, such as the governing board, planning and programming, and legal services;
- Fiscal operations, including the investment office;
- Administrative data processing;
- Space management;
- Employee personnel and records;
- Logistical activities that provide procurement, storerooms, safety, security, printing, and transportation services to the institution;
- Support services to faculty and staff that are not operated as auxiliary enterprises;
- Audit services; and,
- Activities concerned with community and alumni relations, including development and fund raising.
To the extent that fringe benefits are not assigned to other functional categories, those benefits would be charged to Institutional Support.
The Plant Operations and Maintenance category includes all expenditures of current operating funds for the operation and maintenance of the physical plant, in all cases net of the amount charged to auxiliary enterprises, hospitals, and independent operations. It includes all expenditures for operations established to provide services and maintenance related to grounds and facilities. Also included are utilities, fire protection, property insurance, and similar items.
It does not include expenditures made from the institutional plant funds accounts.
The Scholarships and Fellowships category includes expenditures for scholarships and fellowships, from restricted or unrestricted current funds, in the form of grants to students, resulting from selection by the institution or from an entitlement program.
The category also includes trainee stipends, prizes, and awards. Trainee stipends awarded to individuals who are not enrolled in formal course work should be charged to instruction, research, or public service.
7.2.2 Auxiliary Enterprises Revenues and Expenditures
Auxiliary enterprises revenues and expenditures shall be defined as all revenues received and expenditures made for functions and activities that are related to the mission of USG institutions including, but not limited to:
- Food Services;
- Student Health Services;
- Student Activities;
- Intercollegiate Athletics (excluding intercollegiate athletics activity which are is operated under the authority of a separately incorporated athletic association);
- Stores and Shops; and
- Vending and Other Services.
Refer to Section 15.0, Auxiliary Enterprise Funds, of the Business Procedures Manual for more information on auxiliary enterprise funds.
Auxiliary enterprise operations shall operate on a self-supported basis with revenues derived from student fees and other non-state sources, except as provided below. Each auxiliary enterprise operation shall be charged for its share of plant operations and maintenance expense as a direct expense, and/or charged on the basis of an allocation methodology, such as share of total institutional square footage. USG institutions may choose also to charge administrative overhead to recoup general costs expended on behalf of each operation. USG institutions shall, notwithstanding the above, allocate at least all direct expenses to the respective auxiliary. In no instance may Fund 10000 state appropriations be used to fund athletic auxiliary operations.
Each institution shall develop and update annually a five-year plan for each auxiliary enterprise operation that defines the level and manner of service to be provided, planned expenditures and sources of revenue, including projected fee requirements. The format and content of each plan shall be determined by the USG chief fiscal officer, but must minimally contain the following:
- A statement regarding the role of the enterprise in the context of the institution’s academic mission.
- A statement of goals and objectives to be achieved over the course of the five-year plan.
- A statement on operating strategy, including services to be provided and sources of revenue, including student fees.
- A financial pro forma that projects future revenues and expenditures consistent with stated goals and objectives. The method used to allocate plant operations costs and other indirect costs, if charged, also shall be described in the five-year plan.
- The plan shall provide for an adequate reserve to cover anticipated renewals and replacements and other contingencies, as necessary. (BoR Minutes, January 2010)
Exceptions to the requirement that institutions operate their auxiliary enterprises on a self-supporting basis shall be recognized as follows:
- Institutions may choose to operate some auxiliary enterprise activities on a loss basis, but must indicate in their five-year plans how the costs of such activities will be covered by revenues generated through other auxiliary operations and must also provide an alternative plan reflecting the elimination or privatization of the auxiliary. The Board of Regents may, upon recommendation of the Chancellor, direct the institution to eliminate or privatize the auxiliary.
- Institutions may apply Education & General fund resources, excluding Fund 10000 state appropriations for athletics, to auxiliary enterprise operations where such expenditures can be justified as supporting the primary mission of the institution; however, use of general fund resources for auxiliary enterprise operations is strongly discouraged and must be approved in advance by the Chancellor under procedures established by the USG chief fiscal officer. The Board of Regents has determined that intercollegiate athletics supports the overall mission of the institution and has authorized the use of Education & General Fund resources in support of intercollegiate athletics as outlined in Board Policies 4.5 and 7.2.2. Use of Education & General fund resources for intercollegiate athletics, excluding Fund 10000 state appropriations, is authorized as outlined in Board Policy 4.5 and as further defined in the USG Business Procedures Manual. In no instance may Education & General fund resources be used to support athletic scholarships. The use and amount of Education & General fund resources applied to the support of auxiliary enterprise operations shall be included in the five-year plan. (BoR Minutes, October 2013)
Accounting records for auxiliary enterprises will be maintained on the full accrual basis. Therefore, funded depreciation will be required for all auxiliary enterprise service equipment, buildings, infrastructure and facilities, and other improvements. The reserve for depreciation will be used for repair and replacement of auxiliary assets according to guidelines provided in Section 7.0, Capitalization, of the Business Procedures Manual. The funds collected will be left with the institutions. (BoR Minutes, February 2007)
7.2.3 Operating Budgets
Each USG institution shall prepare an operating budget for educational and general activities and an operating budget for auxiliary enterprises of the institution for the fiscal year within the limit of funds allocated plus estimated internal income of the institution. Operating budgets of separately incorporated athletic organizations are specifically excluded from this process, although the transfer of student fees to those separately incorporated organizations must be reflected as a single item in the budget submitted to the Chancellor (BoR Minutes, 1946-47, pp. 214-15).
7.2.4 Budget Amendments
Institutions are authorized to amend their annual operating budgets without prior approval of the Board of Regents except for any amendment that exceeds $1,000,000 and involves state general fund appropriations, auxiliary enterprise funds or student activity funds shall be submitted to the Board of Regents for approval. Prior Board of Regents approval shall not be required for any budget amendment involving special purpose state funds, non-state funds, or internal revenue sources.
Institutions shall be required to report quarterly on all budget amendments to the USG chief fiscal officer under procedures developed by his/her staff. The Chancellor or the USG chief fiscal officer reserves the right to require prior approval of the budget amendments at any USG institution that he/she determines has failed to manage its budget within available resources or in a manner consistent with Board of Regents goals and priorities. Under these circumstances, the Chancellor or the USG chief fiscal officer may request the institution to develop a remediation plan to assure more appropriate decisions on future budget changes (BoR Minutes, 1951-52, pp. 365-66; June, 1999, p. 17).
“Tuition” is defined as payment required for credit-based instruction and related services and shall be charged to all students. Tuition rates for all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions and programs shall be approved annually no later than the May meeting by the Board of Regents to become effective the following fall semester. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted upon recommendation of the Chancellor and approval by the Board of Regents.
Tuition for undergraduate students enrolled at a USG institution shall be charged at the full rate for students enrolled for 15 credit hours or more, and at a per credit hour rate for students enrolled for less than 15 credit hours. Graduate tuition will be charged at the full rate for students enrolled for 12 credit hours, and at a per credit hour rate for students enrolled for less than 12 credit hours. Distance education courses and programs as defined in Section 126.96.36.199 of this Policy Manual may be exempted from this policy and charged on a per credit hour basis.
Further, a “finish-in-four” tuition model that provides for a flat tuition based on 15 hours a semester will be charged at University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia College and State University for all undergraduate students taking in excess of six hours, to encourage students to graduate in four years. Students taking six hours or fewer will pay a flat rate that will be lower than the 15-hour rate.
A “finish-in-four” tuition model that provides for a flat tuition based on 15 hours a semester will be charged at Augusta University for all undergraduate students taking ten hours or more. Students enrolled at Augusta University taking less than ten hours will continue to be charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis.
Students enrolled during the summer semester at Augusta University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia will be charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis during the summer semester.
“In-State Tuition” is defined as the rate paid by students who meet the residency status requirements as provided in Section 4.3 of this Policy Manual.
“Out-of-State Tuition” is defined as the rate paid by students who do not meet the residency status requirements as provided in Section 4.3 of this Policy Manual. Out-of-state tuition at all USG institutions shall be established by the Board, taking into consideration: out-of-state tuition rates of peer or comparable institutions and the full cost of instruction. The annual increase in the out-of-state tuition amount must be at least equal to the dollar increase amount in in-state tuition.
“Semester” is defined for the purposes of this section as the standard term of instruction for each USG institution for fall, spring, and summer. The summer semester shall be defined as the combined terms of instruction provided by USG institutions that begin after the completion of the spring semester and end prior to the start of the fall semester.
USG institutions that offer graduate programs may request Board approval for graduate tuition rates as follows:
- Effective for the fall semester 2007, each institution that offers graduate programs shall request a “core” graduate tuition rate that shall apply to all graduate courses and programs, based on market comparators for in-state and out-of-state tuition (BoR Minutes, June 2009).
- Each institution may request separate graduate tuition rates for specialized programs, subject to the provisions of Section 188.8.131.52 of this policy manual.
The regular graduate tuition rates normally shall be charged to all graduate students. However, where a graduate student is classified as a research, teaching, or graduate assistant, the institution may waive all or part of the graduate tuition and/or waive the differential between in-state and out-of-state graduate tuition. A registration fee of no less than $25 shall be charged to all students for whom a full waiver is provided. (BoR Minutes, Oct. 2006)
Board approval shall be required for in-state and out-of-state differential tuition rates for nationally competitive graduate and professional programs, as deemed appropriate by the institution based upon the academic marketplace and the tuition charged by peer institutions with similar missions (BoR Minutes, June 2009).
An institution seeking such approval from the Board shall provide the Board with an impact analysis and a plan for enhancing the quality of the program.
The professional program tuition rates normally shall be charged to all program students. However, the institution, on a degree program basis, may waive the graduate tuition in accordance with such policies noted or limit the waiver to the amount associated with the regular graduate tuition where a graduate student is:
- Classified as a graduate assistant under Section 184.108.40.206 of this Policy Manual; or,
- Eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver under Section 220.127.116.11 of this Policy Manual.
(BoR Minutes, June 2005)
Board approval is required to charge special tuition rates for distance education courses and programs. For purposes of this policy, distance learning courses and programs that qualify for a special distance learning tuition rate shall be defined by the Board Treasurer, Chief Fiscal Officer. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2017)
USG institutions may enter into agreements with customers, defined as corporations, organizations, agencies, or other legal entities, for the delivery of credit courses and programs. These agreements serve to enhance relationships between the USG, local businesses, students and faculty by: 1. allowing course delivery to be tailored to meet the needs of the customers and their employees or members; and 2. providing flexibility with respect to the location of the course delivery. By tailoring the course delivery, students receive skills that are aligned with and meet the needs of the customer (employer).
The course/program delivery shall be restricted to employees or members of the customer group and their dependents, except upon agreement between the institution and the customer to permit non-members or non-employees to enroll in courses/programs on a space-available basis.
The amount institutions may charge for the course/program delivery shall be agreed upon between the institution and the customer, such that the total cost shall represent the reasonable and fair market value of the instruction, and provided that the charges are not less than the total direct and indirect costs to the institution for the delivery of instruction and related services. Such costs may include, but are not necessarily limited to, course development, direct instruction, textbooks, consumables, non-instructional services, hardware, software, and indirect costs such as administrative overhead, maintenance, and security. Additionally, the amount charged must reflect all required mandatory fees to include, at a minimum, the Technology and, if in effect, the Special Institutional mandatory student fees.
The charges agreed upon between the institution and the customer shall be assessed to the customer on a per-seat, per-student, or per-agreement (flat-rate) basis to be levied and collected in either of the following manners as applicable:
The institution may directly charge and collect all agreed upon tuition and other charges from the customer; or
The institution may directly charge and collect all agreed upon tuition and other charges from a customer’s participating employees in instances where the customer’s internal policy requires its employees to pay tuition and all other charges directly to an institution in order for the employee to be eligible for possible future reimbursement by the customer.
In all cases, the collection of agreed upon tuition and other charges must be in accordance with Board Policy 7.3.3 (Tuition and Fee Payment and Deferral).
Institutions shall be required to report annually to the Chancellor regarding these agreements based on criteria from the Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs. (BoR Minutes, Sept. 2014)
Tuition for high school students participating in Georgia’s “Dual Enrollment” program shall be charged on a per-credit-hour basis at all institutions. Institutions are to accept the amount reimbursed by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA) for Dual Enrollment tuition charges as full payment. Any tuition amount for Dual Enrollment not covered by the GSFA reimbursement shall be waived.
7.2.5 Liability for Expenditure of Budgets
Bonds of public officials authorizing expenditures for any purpose whatsoever that are in excess of budget amounts approved by the Board shall be liable for such unauthorized expenditures.
7.3.2 Student Fees and Special Charges
Mandatory student fees are defined as fees that are assessed upon enrollment to all students, all undergraduate students, or all full-time undergraduate students on one or more campuses of an institution. Fees assessed to one of the aforementioned groups of students with an exclusion for distance learning students are also defined as mandatory fees. Mandatory fees may be required by the Board of Regents or by the institution subject to approval by the Board of Regents. Specifically included in the definition of mandatory student fees are those fees due prior to registration that may be refunded later in the semester and fees for which the student receives a cash equivalent in the amount of the fee. (BoR Minutes, May 2010; February 2015)
Mandatory fees shall include, but not be limited to:
- Intercollegiate athletic fees;
- Student health service fees;
- Transportation or parking fees (if the latter are charged to all students);
- Student activity fees;
- Technology fees;
- Facility fees; and
- Mandatory food service fees. (BoR Minutes, January 2010; February 2015)
Purposes and rates for all mandatory fees shall be approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting in April to become effective the following fall semester. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted upon recommendation of the Chancellor and the approval of the Board of Regents. When there is a change in the purpose of the mandatory fee, it shall be subject to approval by the Board of Regents. All mandatory fees assessed to students enrolled in twelve (12) credit hours or more shall be assessed at the Board approved rate. Institutions may prorate mandatory fees on a per-credit-hour basis for students taking fewer than twelve (12) credit hours. Institutions may elect to reduce Board-approved mandatory fees for students enrolled in summer courses. (BoR Minutes, May 2010; February 2015)
Proposals submitted by an institution to increase mandatory student fees, proposals to create new mandatory student fees, or a change in the purpose of a mandatory fee, shall first be presented for advice and counsel to a committee at each institution composed of at least fifty percent (50%) students, except in special circumstances when a general purpose fee is instituted system-wide by the Board of Regents. The committee shall include at least four students, who shall be appointed by the institution’s student government association. Institutions and student government associations should make a concerted effort to include broad representation among the students appointed to the committee. (BoR Minutes, June 2009; January 2010; May 2010)
All mandatory student fees collected by an institution shall be budgeted and administered by the president using proper administrative procedures, which shall include the advice and counsel of an advisory committee composed at least fifty percent (50%) students, except in special circumstances when a general purpose fee is instituted system-wide by the Board of Regents. The committee shall include at least four students, who shall be appointed by the institution’s student government association. Institutions and student government associations should make a concerted effort to include broad representation among the students appointed to the committee. (BoR Minutes, June 2009; January 2010)
Mandatory student fees shall be used exclusively to support the institution’s mission to enrich the educational, institutional, and cultural experience of students (BoR Minutes, January 2010). All payments from funds supported by student mandatory fees shall be made according to approved business procedures and the appropriate business practices of the institution (BoR Minutes, 1999-2000, p. 364).
Institution presidents are authorized to approve elective fees and special charges as outlined below; however, any fee or special charge that is required to be paid by any standard subgroup of students based on grade level or previous credit hours earned shall undergo the same approval process as mandatory fees. Any elective fee or special charge that is required to be paid by all students in a specific degree program or in a specific course, with the exception of laboratory fees and supplemental course material fees shall be approved by the Board, but shall not require review by a student fee committee. (BoR Minutes, January 2010, February 2015)
Housing fees are defined as fees paid by students who live in residential on-campus facilities. All housing fees shall be annually approved by the Board Treasurer, Chief Fiscal Officer, to become effective the following fall semester. (BoR Minutes, Feb. 2007; Jan. 2010; Feb. 2015; Jan. 2017)
Food Service Fees
Food service fees are defined as fees paid by students who elect to choose an institutional food service plan. Food service fees assessed to all undergraduate students, all full-time undergraduate students, or any standard subgroup of students based on grade level or previous credit hours earned are not considered an elective fee and must be approved by the Board as a mandatory fee. This includes food service fees due prior to registration that may be refunded later in the semester and food service fees for which the student receives a cash equivalent in the amount of the fee.
Institutions are permitted to require meals plans for all students residing in on-campus housing regardless of academic grade level. The decision to assess food service fees to students residing in on-campus housing does not require approval by the Board of Regents.
Food services operations must be structured with student affordability and operational efficiency as essential performance requirements. Institutions must be able to demonstrate that overhead costs are reasonable and comparable to peer institutions as a part of the fee approval process. Food service contracts with external suppliers must be procured and managed in accordance with procedures issued by the Board Treasurer, Chief Fiscal Officer.
All food service fees assessed to students shall be annually approved by the Board Treasurer, Chief Fiscal Officer, to become effective the following fall semester. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2010; Feb. 2015; Jan. 2017)
Other Elective Fees and Special Charges
Other elective fees and special charges are defined as those fees and charges that are paid selectively by students. These fees and charges may include, but are not limited to:
- Resident hall deposits;
- Penalty charges;
- Non-mandatory parking fees and parking fines;
- Library fines;
- Laboratory fees;
- Post office box rentals; and
- Supplemental course material fees to cover specific costs, such as art materials, course packets/kits, museum admissions, travel to off-campus learning sites, safety equipment, software/videos, and special equipment. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2010; Feb. 2015)
Institutional presidents are authorized to establish and adjust these fees, as appropriate. Prior to implementation of such fees, institutions shall be required to report to the Chancellor any establishments and adjustments made thereto under procedures established by the USG chief fiscal officer. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2010)
Continuing Education Fees
Institutional presidents shall be authorized to establish fees for non-credit-hour courses and programs as defined in Section 5.2 of this Policy Manual.
Institutions shall manage auxiliary and fee reserves prudently and to ensure self-supporting operations as specified in Board Policy 7.2.2. Auxiliary Enterprise Revenues and Expenditures. Institutions must periodically review the existing reserves within their various auxiliary and student fee funds to ensure affordability for students while also ensuring adequate reserves to maintain operations, manage risk, and fund related capital expenditures. The results of this analysis and planned use of reserves shall be provided to the USG Office of Fiscal Affairs annually along with any recommendations for changes to fees and operations. (BoR Minutes, Jan. 2017)
7.3.3 Tuition and Fee Payment and Deferral
All tuition and fees (mandatory and elective) are due and payable upon registration. Exceptions to the time of payment are as follows:
- An institution may defer tuition and fees up to the amount authorized for a specific academic term for students whose fees are guaranteed and will be paid by an outside agency under a documented agreement with the institution.
- An institution may defer tuition and fees up to the amount of the aid granted for a specified academic term for students who have an institution-administered loan or scholarship in process.
- An institution may defer tuition and fees up to the limit stated in the certificate or other document for a specified academic term for foreign students who have a certificate or other acceptable documented evidence that payment will be made after a statement of charges from the student has been presented for payment.
- An institution may elect to collect fees specifically for housing on an installment basis, in advance of service provided (BoR minutes Jan. 2012).
- An institution filing an approved plan with the Office of Fiscal Affairs may elect to collect tuition and mandatory fees on an installment basis, in advance of services provided (BoR minutes, April 2012).
7.3.4 Out-of-State Tuition Waivers and Waiver of Mandatory Fees
An institution may award out-of-state tuition differential waivers and assess in-state tuition for certain non-Georgia residents under the conditions listed below. Notwithstanding any provision in this policy, no person who is unable to show by the required evidence that they are lawfully in the United States shall be eligible for any waiver of tuition differential (BoR Minutes, June 2010; October 2013). Institutions shall comply with the procedures governing the award of out-of-state tuition waivers as established by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer. Note: For the definition of residency status, see Section 4.3 of this Policy Manual.
Out-of-state students selected by the institution president or an authorized representative, provided that the number of such waivers in effect does not exceed four percent (4%) for the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Georgia Regents University, and two percent (2%) for all other institutions of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall term immediately preceding the term for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived. Institutions awarding presidential waivers in the spring term semester may use either the fall term one year prior or the fall term immediately prior when calculating the number of allowable waivers. The proportionate percentage of out-of-state tuition waived shall be used when determining the number of waivers in effect such that a full waiver of out-of-state tuition counts as one waiver, while a 50% waiver of out-of-state tuition counts as a 0.5 waiver.
Institution presidents may award Presidential Waivers at their discretion to students within the following categories:
Academic: Students who have demonstrated the potential to excel within a particular program of study offered by the institution as evidenced by scoring within the top half of students matriculating at the institution or the top half of students matriculating within the particular program of study to which the student has applied. Institutions shall determine the top half using the academic criteria (e.g., Freshman Index, standardized test scores, GPA, artistic ability) applicable either for general admission to the institution or for the particular program of study to which the student has applied.
Athletic: Students selected to participate in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program and who have demonstrated the potential to succeed within a particular program of study offered by the institution. The percentage of waivers offered within the Athletic category shall not exceed one-third (1/3) of the total number of Presidential Waivers which the institution is eligible to offer, i.e., 4% or 2%.
International: Non-citizen students who are not otherwise ineligible for a tuition differential waiver under this policy and who have demonstrated the potential to succeed within a particular program of study offered by the institution.
Institution presidents shall define institution-specific criteria and procedures for the awarding of and maintaining eligibility for Presidential Waivers and shall submit the institution-specific criteria and procedures for approval to the Chief Academic Officer no later than June 30 prior to the semester in which those criteria and procedures shall take effect. Extraordinary circumstances may arise justifying award of a Presidential Waiver under criteria not specified in this Policy but consistent with the Policy intent and in support of the institution’s mission. Presidents may offer an Academic Presidential Waiver in these circumstances but must first seek approval, on a one-time or standing basis, from the Chief Academic Officer. A student may be eligible under one or more Presidential Waiver categories but shall only be granted a waiver under one specific category and will only be counted within the category assigned by the institution. Institutions shall maintain evidence of said approval. Institutions shall maintain adequate documentation of waiver awards to validate that waiver recipients met the institutional criteria and complied with Board of Regents Policy.
Students receiving a Presidential Waiver must achieve a specified level of academic performance to maintain eligibility for the Presidential Waiver. Students receiving an academic or international Presidential Waiver must maintain a 2.5 GPA calculated on a cumulative basis at the conclusion of each academic year as specified in the respective institution’s approved procedures and using the same GPA method used to calculate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students receiving an athletic Presidential Waiver must maintain SAP.
Failure to maintain the specified level of academic performance at the conclusion of the respective academic year shall result in the student being placed in a two-semester probationary period for waiver purposes. The student shall be eligible to maintain a waiver during this probationary period but shall be ineligible for the waiver if the student is not able to achieve the specified level of academic performance for the student’s specific Presidential Waiver sub-category. The student is eligible to re-gain the waiver, subject to the institution’s discretion and consistent with this Policy, should the student achieve the specified level of academic performance for the student’s specific Presidential Waiver sub-category.
Students domiciled in an out-of-state county bordering Georgia, enrolling in a program offered at a location approved by the Board of Regents, and for which the offering institution has been granted permission to award Border County waivers (BoR Minutes, October 2008); or
Students domiciled in another state bordering Georgia subject to the following conditions. Each year, the Chancellor shall review the enrollment levels at each USG institution to determine whether any USG institutions have sufficient excess capacity to increase recruitment of students from neighboring states. Should the Chancellor determine that cause exists to activate the Border Residents waiver, the Chancellor or his designee will present the list of institutions to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents for approval. If an institution is given permission to award the Border Residents waiver, it will be allowed to do so for the next three academic years. Any students receiving the Border Residents waiver will remain qualified for the waiver, so long as they are continuously enrolled at the institution that awarded the waiver. (BoR Minutes, March 2015)
Students who are certified by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development as being part of a competitive economic development project.
As of the first day of classes for the term, an Economic Advantage Waiver may be granted under the following conditions:
U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Other Eligible Non-Citizens
A. Dependent Students
Dependent students providing clear and convincing evidence that the student’s parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment. The relocation must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded.
B. Independent Students
Independent students providing clear and convincing evidence that they, or their spouse, relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment. The relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded.
C. U.S. refugees, asylees, and other eligible noncitizens as defined by the federal Title IV regulations may be extended the same consideration for the economic advantage waiver as citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States.
Waiver eligibility for the above qualifying students expires twelve (12) months from the date the waiver is awarded.
A. Dependent Students
Non-citizen dependent students providing clear and convincing evidence that the student’s parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and entered the state in a valid, employment-authorized status. The relocation must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded. Additionally, the non-citizen dependent student must provide clear evidence that the parent, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian, is taking legally permissible steps to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the United States.
B. Independent Students
Non-citizen independent students must provide clear and convincing evidence that they, or their spouse, relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and entered the state in a valid, employment authorized status. The relocation must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded. Additionally, non-citizen independent students must provide clear evidence that they, or their spouse, are taking legally permissible steps to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the United States.
Waiver eligibility for the above qualifying students may continue provided full-time, self-sustaining employment in Georgia and the employment-authorized status are maintained. Furthermore, there must be continued evidence of Georgia domicile and efforts to pursue an adjustment to United States lawful permanent resident status.
Students who are employees of Georgia-based corporations or organizations that have contracted with the Board of Regents through USG institutions to provide out-of-state tuition differential waivers.
Students enrolled in a USG institution based on a referral by the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of the Georgia Department of Labor (BoR Minutes, October 2008).
Career consular officers, their spouses, and their dependent children who are citizens of the foreign nation that their consular office represents and who are stationed and living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments.
Full-time USG employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or the Technical College System of Georgia (BoR Minutes, October 2008), their spouses, and their dependent children.
Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia also shall qualify for this waiver. (BoR Minutes, 1988-89, p. 43)
Active duty military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children who meet one of the following:
A. The military sponsor is currently stationed in or assigned to Georgia; or,
B. military sponsor previously stationed in or assigned to Georgia is reassigned outside of Georgia, and the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled in a Georgia high school, Technical College System of Georgia institution, and/or a University System of Georgia institution; or,
C. The military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia and the spouse and dependent children remain in Georgia; or,
D. The military sponsor is stationed in a state contiguous to the Georgia border and reside in Georgia; or
E. Dependent children of a military sponsor, previously stationed in or assigned to Georgia within the previous five years, and/or the child completed at least one year of high school in Georgia; or,
F. Any student utilizing VA educational benefits transferred from a currently serving military member is also eligible.
Active members of the Georgia National Guard stationed or assigned to Georgia or active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia, and their spouses and their dependent children.
Separated military members from a uniformed military service of the United States who meet one of the following:
A. Individuals who within thirty-six (36) months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate intent to become domiciled in Georgia. This waiver may also be granted to their spouses and dependent children.
B. Any separated service member or any student utilizing transferred VA educational benefits, and physically residing in the state, who enrolls within one hundred-twenty (120) months of separation is also eligible.
C. Any individual as described in 38 U.S.C.3679(c).
Students selected to participate in programs offered through the Academic Common Market.
Any student who enrolls in a USG institution as a participant in an international or domestic direct exchange program that provides reciprocal benefits to USG students. (BoR Minutes, October 2008)
Any student who enrolls in a USG study-abroad program to include programs outside the State of Georgia but within the United States and study abroad programs outside the United States. Tuition and fees charged study abroad students shall be consistent with the procedures established in the USG Business Procedures Manual and as determined by the institution president.
Research and Comprehensive University Graduate Students
Graduate students attending a Research or Comprehensive institution and as determined by the respective institution’s approved procedures. The number of students currently receiving waivers under this category shall not exceed the number assigned below:
University of Georgia 160 Georgia Institute of Technology 140 Georgia State University 140 Augusta University 40 Georgia Southern University 20 Kennesaw State University 20 University of West Georgia 20 Valdosta State University 20
Medical and dental residents and medical and dental interns at Augusta University.
As of the first day of classes for the term, a non-resident student can be considered for this waiver under the following conditions:
Students under 24.
- If the parent, or United States court-appointed, legal guardian has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months and the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing the relationship to the parent or United States court-appointed, legal guardian has existed for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term. Under Georgia code, legal guardianship must be established prior to the student’s 18th birthday; or
- If the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing a familial relationship to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.
Students 24 and Older.
- If the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing a familial relationship to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term. This waiver can remain in effect as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.
This waiver can remain in effect as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.
If the parent, spouse, or United States court-appointed, legal guardian of a continuously enrolled non-resident student establishes domicile in another state after having maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for the required period, the non-resident student may continue to receive this waiver as long as the student remains continuously enrolled in a public post-secondary educational institution in the state, regardless of the domicile of the parent, spouse or United States court-appointed, legal guardian.
(BoR Minutes, June 2004; June 2006; Oct. 2008; Feb. 2009; Feb. 2010; April 2012; Oct. 2013; March 2016; May 2017)
An institution may waive mandatory fees for:
- Students who are enrolled for fewer than six (6) credit hours.
- Students enrolled in summer courses.
- Students who reside or study at another institution.
- Students enrolled in practicum experiences (e.g., student teachers) or internships located at least 50 miles from the institution.
- Students enrolled in distance learning courses or programs who are not also enrolled in on-campus courses nor residing on campus. If a student is enrolled in courses from more than one institution during the same term, only the home institution will charge the approved technology fee to the student. Students who participate in distance education offerings as transient students will not be charged a technology fee by the transient institution. No separate technology fee shall be established for collaborative distance learning courses or programs.
- Students enrolled at off-campus centers, except that the institution shall be authorized to charge select fees to these students for special services subject to approval by the Board of Regents.
- Members of the armed services utilizing the military’s tuition assistance programs or paying their own way to attend the institution.
(BoR Minutes, Nov. 2014, February 2015; March 2016)
18.104.22.168 Waiver of Mandatory Fees for U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans
Eligible participants must be Georgia residents who are active members of the U.S. Military Reserves and/or the Georgia National Guard and were deployed overseas for active service in a location or locations designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as combat zones on or after September 11, 2001, and served for a consecutive period of one hundred and eighty-one (181) days, or who received full disability as a result of injuries received in such combat zone, or were evacuated from such combat zone due to severe injuries during any period of time while on active service. Additionally, eligible participants must meet the admissions requirements of the applicable USG institution and be accepted for admission.
Eligible participants shall receive a waiver of all mandatory fees. Students receiving this waiver shall be eligible to use the services and facilities these fees are used to provide, except for mandatory food service fees. This waiver shall not apply to housing, elective food service, any other elective fees, special fees, or other user fees and charges (e.g., application fees). (BoR Minutes, February 2015)
Institutions of the University System of Georgia shall waive any fee defined by the Board as a mandatory fee not covered by the per student state funds amount reimbursed by the Department of Education for high-school students participating in Georgia’s “Dual Enrollment” program.
Additionally, institutions shall waive all fees defined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission as mandatory fees or noncourse related fees. The amount for student fees reimbursed to institutions by the Georgia Student Finance Authority under the Dual Enrollment program shall be accepted as full payment of the waived fees. As such, students are to be provided full access to the services supported by the waived fees. Dual Enrollment students participating in this program are specifically exempted and shall not be charged for health fees and mandatory commuter food service fees. As such, providing these Dual Enrollment students access to these services is not required. Institutions are required to provide Dual Enrollment student participants with all required books for the courses in which they are enrolled. Any fee associated with providing required textbooks shall be waived by the institution.
The policy for determining refunds to be made on institutional charges and other mandatory fees at USG institutions, except for those institutions for which special refund policies have been approved by the Board of Regents, follows. For the purposes of this section, “institutional charges” are as defined in the Statutory and Regulatory Citations Section 484B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV, HEA and 34 668.22).
Tuition and fees awarded by scholarship or grant from an agency or authority of the State of Georgia on behalf of a student receiving a refund under this policy shall be reimbursed to such agency or authority.
The Chancellor is authorized and empowered to take or cause to be taken any and all such other and further action as, in the judgment of the Chancellor, may be necessary, proper, convenient or required in connection with the execution of this policy. Such authority may be further delegated to the president of the institution.
The presidents are authorized and empowered to take or cause to be taken any and all such other and further action as may be necessary, proper, convenient, or required in connection with the execution of this policy (BoR Minutes, February, 2007).
The refund amount for students withdrawing from an institution shall be based on a pro rata percentage determined by dividing the number of calendar days in the semester that the student completed by the total calendar days in the semester. The total calendar days in a semester includes weekends, but excludes scheduled breaks of five (5) or more days and days that a student was on an approved leave of absence.
The unearned portion shall be refunded up to the point in time that the amount earned equals sixty percent (60%). Students who withdraw from the institution when the calculated percentage of completion is greater than 60% are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges.
A refund of all nonresident fees, matriculation fees, and other mandatory fees shall be made in the event of the death of a student at any time during the academic session (BoR Minutes, 1979-80, p. 61; 1986-87, pp. 24-25; 1995, p. 246).
Subject to institutional policies, full refunds of tuition and mandatory fees and pro rata refunds of elective fees are hereby authorized for students who are:
Military reservists (including members of the National Guard) who, after having enrolled in a USG institution and paid tuition and fees, receive orders to active duty or are reassigned for temporary duty or mandatory training that prevents completion of the term; (BoR Minutes, June 2011)
Commissioned officers of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) who receive deployment orders in response to a public health crisis or national emergency after having enrolled in a USG institution and paid tuition and fees; (BoR Minutes, February 2010)
Active duty military personnel who, after having enrolled in a USG institution and paid fees, receive reassignment or a temporary duty assignment or a training assignment that would prevent completion of the term; (BoR Minutes, June 2011) or,
Otherwise unusually and detrimentally affected by the activation of members of the reserve components or the deployment of active duty personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States who demonstrate a need for exceptional equitable relief. (BoR Minutes, June 2011)
The Board of Regents, recognizing that public institutions are dependent, in part, on private funding (just as private institutions are partially dependent on public funding), encourages the institutions under its control to seek the support of alumni, friends, corporations, and other private individuals and organizations that might be interested in contributing to the welfare of the institutions, their students, and their faculties.
Funds raised from private donations may be used in support of the mission and objectives of the institution, including funds for student scholarships, salary supplements, construction of physical facilities, and gifts and grants for other purposes as may be designated by the donor. However, institutions are not authorized to commit any state funds for challenge or matching grants or gifts for the construction of facilities or for other purposes without prior approval of the Chancellor. The Board of Regents shall not consider gifts, contributions, or income from endowments held for the benefit of any University System of Georgia (“USG”) institution in determining the allocation of state funds to that institution.
Private donations to a separately incorporated Cooperative Organization established pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy shall not be subject to control by the Board of Regents or the institution administration except as otherwise provided in Board Policy or by the Memoranda of Understanding established between institution and the Cooperative Organization.
A USG institution may not accept gifts of real property except as provided in Board of Regents’ Policy 9.9, Real Property Ownership and Asset Management. A USG institution may otherwise accept gifts, bequests, agreements, or declarations of trust that do not carry obligations to the institution that may conflict with state law or Board of Regents’ Policy and that do not impose a financial burden on the institution beyond that which can be managed within the institution’s current budget. If acceptance of the gift or donation would require the institution to incur additional cost that cannot be borne within the institution’s current resources, the institution must obtain the approval of the Board of Regents before accepting the gift or donation.
Each institution must maintain a report of all gifts received by the institution and its cooperative organizations through private donations under procedures established by the USG Chief Fiscal Officer.
Each President is authorized to execute those documents necessary to provide proper fiscal management of those funds accepted under this authorization and, at his or her discretion, to further delegate the authority to execute such documents to the Chief Business Officer of the institution.
Regulations on banking and investments will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 9.0, Banking and Investments, of the Business Procedures Manual.
All depositories, where funds of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia are held in time and demand deposits, shall either give a depository bond in some acceptable security company qualified to do business in Georgia or, in lieu thereof, may deposit with some other depository satisfactory to the Treasurer of the Board of Regents securities of the following classes, the current market value of which shall be not less than 110% of the amount after the deduction of the amount of the deposit insurance:
- Direct obligations of the United States Government;
- Obligations unconditionally guaranteed by the United States Government;
- Direct obligations of the State of Georgia;
- Direct obligations of any political subdivision of the State of Georgia; and/or,
- Georgia municipal, county, or State of Georgia Authority Bonds acceptable to the Treasurer of the Board of Regents.
The president of each USG institution shall determine the bank or banks where funds are deposited through a best value competitive contract bid process to be undertaken every five (5) years. The president shall inform the USG chief fiscal officer of the bank or banks where funds are deposited. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer of the Board to handle all details relative to the bank or banks furnishing the required depository protection.
The USG chief fiscal officer shall appoint a person or persons at each USG institution with authority to sign checks drawn on banks where funds of the respective institutions are deposited. Persons so appointed shall be authorized to sign any documents that may be required by the banks concerned.
The chief business officer of each USG institution and any other officer or employee who participates in the selection of the institution’s depository (bank) are prohibited from serving on the governing boards of banks and other financial institutions if such banks or other financial institutions have or seek a commercial relationship with that institution.
A president of an institution may serve on the governing board of a bank or financial institution that does not have a commercial relationship with the institution. However, such a bank or financial institution will not be considered by the institution for establishment of a commercial relationship with that USG institution for not less than two (2) years after the termination of the president as a member of the board.
(BoR Minutes, 1949-50, p. 251; 1952-53, p. 365; 1970-71, p. 691; February 1996; April 2005; Oct. 2010)
Electronic funds transfer is the required method for payroll payments to employees, making funds available to the employee by the authorized pay date, unless the employee can provide documentation of having an “un-bankable” status; i.e., the employee is unable to obtain a bank account. Direct deposit is defined as the electronic transfer of funds from the employer to a depository institution designated by the employee, which makes the funds available to the employee by the authorized pay date.
Electronic withdrawal of funds (auto-debit) is the required method of payment from retirees for benefit premiums; i.e., the payment is electronically withdrawn from an account at a depository institution that is designated by the retiree to the employer, occurring on a specified date each month. Where auto-debit is not possible, the USG System Office may review and authorize an appropriate alternative method of benefits premium payment.
(BoR Minutes, May 2011; May 2017)
It is the intent of the Board that each institution develop an investment policy that fosters sound and prudent judgment in the management of assets to ensure safety of capital consistent with the fiduciary responsibility each institution has to the citizens of Georgia and that conforms with Board of Regents investment policy. Each institution shall be required to have a written investment policy statement on file with the USG chief fiscal officer. The policy should be reviewed and updated at least once every two (2) years. Each institution shall submit an annual report on its investment performance to the USG chief fiscal officer that asserts that investments have been made in accordance with the institution’s written investment policy.
The investment policy should specify overall investment objectives. There may be several different investment objectives depending on the type of funds to be invested and period of investment to be considered. These may include objectives that attempt to preserve the purchasing power of income and principal, maximize current income, or maximize capital values. Each investment objective should clearly state the time horizon for achieving investment objectives.
The investment policy should identify the general type of investments permitted under each investment objective. Investment must be consistent with donor intent, Board of Regents’ policy, and applicable federal and state laws (BoR Minutes, April 2005).
The investment policy should include asset allocation guidelines that outline the asset classes and subclasses that will constitute permissible areas for investment of funds. The guidelines should indicate the maximum and normal distribution of funds among the different asset classes or subclasses and the rationale for selecting these criteria. Asset allocation guidelines should also be tied to the investment objective and consider the potential risks associated with different asset allocations. The investment policy should outline the factors to be considered when an institution proposes a change in asset allocation, such as during times of significant rate shift affecting the investment portfolio and instability in inflationary trends
Diversification is fundamental to the management of risk and is therefore a pervasive consideration in prudent investment management. The investment policy should include a diversification plan that considers the asset classes and investment products to be utilized in an attempt to achieve desired return with an acceptable level of risk.
The investment policy should include spending rules and relate these to investment objectives. Variables to be considered include the percentage of return allocated to prevent principal erosion by inflation versus the percentage to be expended currently.
The investment policy should provide for appropriate collateralization of invested funds, which, by law, require the pledge of collateral.
Management’s plan for authorization of investment activity, periodic reporting of investment activity, and monitoring of investment results should be outlined in detail in the investment policy.
Criteria to be used in the selection of investment managers and the evaluation of their performance should be described if the institution chooses to use outside investment managers. These criteria should address the investment manager’s:
- Professional background and experience;
- Investment philosophy relative to the institution’s stated investment objectives;
- Organizational structure and overall product line;
- Control with respect to ensuring that individual managers adhere to policy objectives and guidelines;
- Total size of managed assets;
- Record of performance measured against appropriate benchmarks; and,
- Ability to communicate results effectively and in timely fashion.
7.5.3 Loan Funds for Matching Purposes
USG institutions shall be authorized to use money in student loan funds of the respective institutions for the purpose of matching funds available under federal loan programs for loans to students when terms of the gift to the institution permit such use for matching purposes (BoR Minutes, 1958-59, pp. 209-10).
7.5.4 Sale of Securities
The USG chief fiscal officer, with the approval of the Chair or Vice Chair of the Board, is authorized and empowered to sell and assign, or request payment or re-issue of any and all United States securities of any description registered on the books of the Treasury Department, or registered securities with respect to which the Treasury Department acts as the transfer agency, now or hereafter held by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as executor, administrator, guardian, trustee, or in any fiduciary capacity whatsoever, and also to sell and assign any such securities which the Board of Regents is, or shall be, authorized or empowered to sell and assign as attorney for, or other representative of, the owner thereof.
The USG chief fiscal officer, with the approval of the Chair or Vice Chair of the Board, is authorized and empowered to receive payment for any matured security and to reinvest the principal or the sum total in a like or similar security. The USG chief fiscal officer shall make reports of such transactions to the Board as information.
7.5.5 Georgia Eminent Scholars Endowment Trust Fund
The Board of Regents shall serve as trustees of the Georgia Eminent Scholars Endowment Trust fund, which shall, as provided by law, be a budget unit for the purpose of appropriation of state funds.
The funds appropriated to the Board of Regents under this program shall be used exclusively to endow academic chairs in an effort to attract eminent scholars to join the faculties of USG institutions. The criteria for persons selected to hold such chairs shall be established by the president of the institution concerned.
A total sum of not less than $1,000,000 shall be required to endow a chair under this program. The respective foundations of the institutions concerned shall be required to contribute not more than seventy-five percent (75%) of such amount ($750,000) and the fund shall contribute not less than twenty-five percent (25%) of such amount ($250,000). No funds shall be granted to a foundation except upon the express written condition that the funds and the earnings therefrom shall be used to endow an academic chair as provided herein.
Approved grants may be made to foundations previously established to enhance the educational purposes of the USG institution concerned. The income from the grant funds and the foundation funds contributed shall be used to endow academic chairs that shall be known as the Eminent Scholars Chair.
The funds received by a foundation for this purpose, together with the funds contributed by the foundation, shall be managed and invested by the governing board of directors of the foundation of the institution concerned and kept separate from other funds of the foundation.
Funds raised by the respective foundations to qualify for the grants may come from more than one donor, but the gifts of not more than ten (10) donors shall be aggregated to raise the minimum sum required ($750,000). All donations must be accompanied by a statement from the donor acknowledging that the funds donated will be used to endow a chair authorized under this program. USG institutions having chairs endowed by the fund may petition the Board to add the name of the donor or benefactor to the name of the chair (BoR Minutes, 1984-85, pp. 324-25).
From time to time, the Board of Regents will develop and approve new travel regulations. Such regulations will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 4.0, Travel, of the Business Procedures Manual, and shall constitute the official Policy of the Board governing travel by USG employees (BoR Minutes, 1980-81, pp. 55-59).
Purchasing regulations will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 3.0, Purchasing and Contracts, of the Business Procedures Manual.
7.7.1 General Policy
The USG shall utilize the sources of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) rather than establish a separate control purchasing office. In doing so, the Board directs that each of its institutions comply with the various statutes, rules, and regulations governing purchases with state-appropriated funds. In addition, the same regulations shall apply to purchases from funds to which the USG has title.
All purchasing by USG institutions will be centralized under the direct management and control of the chief business officer of the institution concerned.
Funds held by USG institutions in an agency capacity are not subject to the rules and regulations of the central purchasing agency of the State, although the services of that agency may be used for purchasing from agency funds at the election of the chief business officer. Refer to Section 14.0, Agency Funds, of the Business Procedures Manual for more information on agency funds.
When purchases are made by a USG institution, as opposed to being made by the central purchasing agency of the State, professional practices for purchasing in the public environment are to be employed at all times.
7.8.1 Property Insurance
All USG institutions are to participate in the self-insured State Insurance Plan, a section within the Fiscal Division of the Department of Administrative Services, to the fullest extent possible. For lines of insurance not available under the self-insured plan, USG institutions are to purchase additional coverages only when authorization to do so has been secured in advance from the State Insurance Plan.
7.7.2 Employee Purchasing
Absent a specific and approved exemption in state law or as approved by the Chancellor, USG employees shall not purchase goods or services for personal use through channels used in the purchase of goods and services for USG operation (BoR Minutes, 1955-56, pp. 254-55; October 2013).
7.8.2 Liability Insurance
Vehicles titled to the Board of Regents or vehicles on long-term lease arrangements are to be insured by the State Insurance Plan, as are the authorized drivers of those vehicles.
The Board of Regents shall establish or participate in a program of self-insurance whereby employees of the Board, as defined by the self-insurance plan adopted by the Board, are insured against losses incurred and arising out of, or in the course of, their employment. USG institutions shall bear the cost of the program as determined by the Board.
7.8.3 Fidelity Bond
A blanket position fidelity bond shall cover all employees in an amount which shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Regents. This bond shall be purchased through the State Insurance Program with the cost distributed to the various USG institutions. This coverage shall indemnify the Board of Regents from any loss it suffers from all acts of its employees that can be described as anything other than the full and faithful performance of the employee’s duty to the employer.
Contract regulations will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 3.0, Purchasing and Contracts, of the Business Procedures Manual.
7.9.1 Contracting Authority
Except for the contracts that are reserved to the Board or Chancellor by this Policy Manual, all contracts necessary for the daily operation of the institution and all contracts for goods and services not regulated by the Georgia Department of Administrative Services can be executed by the head of each institution or his/her designee. This limited delegation of contracting authority to the executive head of each institution or his/her designee is in addition to all other delegations contained in this Policy Manual.
7.9.2 Construction Contracts
Unless otherwise provided by these policies, major construction contracts entered into by the Board of Regents shall require prior approval by the Board.
Construction contracts that involve expenditures of $25,000 or more shall require certification by the contractor that a drug-free workplace is provided to the contractor’s and subcontractor’s employees in accordance with laws of the State of Georgia. All such construction contracts shall contain a certification that the contractor will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or marijuana during the performance of the contract (BoR Minutes, 1989-90, p. 387).
Regulations on auditing will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 16.0, Audits, of the Business Procedures Manual.
7.9.3 Contracts with Veterans Administration
USG institution presidents and/or the Treasurer of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia shall negotiate, execute, and sign in the name of the Regents, all contracts between USG institutions and the Veterans Administration or other agencies of the United States Government with respect to education and training, vocational rehabilitation, advisement, and guidance of veterans and otherwise under the provisions of Public Laws 16 and 346, 78th Congress, as amended, and subsequent laws passed by the Congress providing for education and training of veterans.
It is understood that the institution covered by such contracts shall submit to the Veterans Administration or other agencies of the United States Government vouchers for services rendered under the provisions of the contract in the name of the institution concerned. Such vouchers will be certified by an official of the institution. Checks drawn on the Treasury of the United States of America in payment of such services shall be made payable to the institution concerned and mailed directly to the institution (BoR Minutes, 1948-49, pp. 301-02).
7.10.1 State Audits
The State Auditor shall be requested to perform a financial statement audit or perform agreed upon procedures at each USG institution and the University System Office. The president of each USG institution and the USG chief fiscal officer shall make available all information to the State Auditing Department so that such an audit may be made.
The foregoing shall not apply to separate corporate entities that are organized to provide support services to the institution.
7.10.2 Internal Audits
The Board of Regents shall establish and support an internal audit function to assist the Board, the Chancellor, and institution presidents in the effective discharge of their responsibilities. The internal audit function shall be governed by an audit charter approved by the Board, which shall describe the purpose of an internal audit, reporting requirements, responsibility, authority and scope of work. Responsibility for approving an annual audit plan, reviewing audit results, reports and recommendations, and approving the Chancellor’s appointment and termination of the USG chief audit officer shall be assigned to the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance of the Board of Regents. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
All directors of internal audit at institutions having an internal auditor or internal audit department shall have a direct reporting relationship to the president of that institution and the USG chief audit officer. The president of each institution having an internal auditor shall determine the organizational and operating reporting relationships of the internal auditors at their institution and exercise oversight of institutional risk management as defined in Section 7.15 of this Policy Manual. However, the USG chief audit officer shall have the authority to direct the internal auditors to audit specific functions at their institutions as needed to address system-wide issues or directives. The president of each institution having an internal auditor shall consult with the USG chief audit officer on significant personnel actions involving the institutional internal auditor to include appointment and termination. The president may also consult with the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk, and Compliance as to proposed personnel actions involving the institutional internal auditor. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
The director of internal audit of each USG institution with an internal auditor shall meet at least annually with the USG chief audit officer to discuss audits, audit findings, audit department independence and a proposed audit schedule.
The USG chief audit officer is responsible for internal auditing and the directors of internal audit for USG institutions with an internal auditor. The USG chief audit officer shall provide a system-wide annual report to the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance of the Board of Regents (BoR Minutes, 1935, p.73; 1991, p. 378).
7.11.1 Sales of Institutional Products
A USG institution shall not enter into competition with private industry. Nothing in this Policy shall be interpreted to mean that USG institutions are prohibited from providing those goods and services connected with the institution’s mission or those goods and services customarily provided by institutions of higher education (BoR Minutes, October 2013).
USG institutions are not prohibited from making sales on the wholesale market. However, in no event are such sales to be made to the general public (BoR Minutes, 1947-48, p. 20; 1951-52, pp. 254-55).
7.11.2 Business Enterprises
USG institutions shall not permit the operation of private business enterprises on their campuses, except as otherwise provided by contract. All business enterprises operated on a campus of a USG institution shall be operated as auxiliary enterprises and shall be under the direct management, control, and supervision of the chief business officer of the institution (BoR Minutes, 1948-49, pp. 219-20; 1966-67, p. 354). Refer to Section 15.0, Auxiliary Enterprise Funds, in the Business Procedures Manual for more information on auxiliary enterprises.
7.11.4 Motor Vehicles
USG institutions may purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire passenger automobiles on a use-by-use basis when approved by the presidents and the Chancellor.
USG institutions may purchase vehicles to be used exclusively for institution security purposes (BoR Minutes, 1932, p. 39; 1979-80, p. 60).
Various departments and activities of each institution requiring the use of an institution-owned bus will be charged for the use of the bus at a rate adequate to cover all maintenance and operating expenses as well as the replacement cost of the bus. Money collected from such charges shall be placed in a revolving fund from which shall be paid all maintenance and operating expenses of the bus, with the balance accumulating in the fund to an amount adequate for replacement of the bus.
USG institutions are authorized to adopt appropriate traffic regulations, including the authority to impose reasonable penalties and/or fines for violations of the regulations (BoR Minutes, June, 1971).
7.11.5 Farming Operations
USG institutions shall not operate any farms that are not essential to the teaching or research programs of the respective institutions (BoR Minutes, 1953-54, p. 262).
7.11.6 Faculty Housing
Rental rates for faculty housing units shall be fixed to:
- Provide for all operating costs of the faculty housing program;
- Provide the reserve for future renovations and replacements required to conform with the policy of the Board in the operation of auxiliary enterprises;
- Provide for liquidation of any outstanding indebtedness that relates to the specific faculty housing project. No such project is covered by Georgia Education Authority (University) leases, and no lease rental funds will be required from any faculty housing project; and,
- Keep the rates at a level which will be competitive with the rates charged for privately owned comparable quarters in the immediate area.
Each USG institution with faculty housing shall develop a policy that will describe the priority by which renters will be selected. This policy shall note the fact that faculty housing is primarily a tool for recruiting able faculty members, that faculty housing is offered as an option available to faculty members as a temporary, additional employee benefit, and that tenured faculty members will not be permitted to continue occupancy in faculty housing indefinitely (BoR Minutes, 1968-69, pp. 363-65; 1984-85, pp. 113-14).
7.11.7 Student Housing
Each institution that provides, or plans to provide, a residential student program shall develop a student housing comprehensive plan that addresses all facets of the creation, expansion, and operation of the student housing facilities.
The student housing plan will address the:
- Academic mission;
- Specific role or purpose of student housing within that mission including student life programs;
- Access to the campus or other needs;
- Enrollment projections in relation to housing goals, geographic, economic, and demographic factors at the institution and in the local community; and,
- Financial considerations, including an evaluation of the desirability and practicality of achieving these student housing objectives through private sector partnerships on institution lands or lands proximate to the institution.
The student housing plan will include the following:
- A business plan that explains the role of the student housing program in the context of the institution’s academic mission, includes concrete goals and objectives, and defines an operating strategy including marketing plans, programs and services, fees, assignment of indirect costs, and use of reserves for repair and maintenance, major renovation and, if planned, expansion of capacity. The plan should also contain a financial pro forma that projects future revenues and expenditures consistent with stated goals and objectives and includes plans for capitalization, maintenance and operations, and facilities renewal;
- A facility evaluation assessing the appropriateness of rehabilitation versus demolition and new construction;
- A market needs assessment, including justification for additional student housing capacity where appropriate; and,
- The housing facilities component of the institution’s physical master plan, including site, circumstance, and impact on other campus functions.
(BoR Minutes, October 1997)
To support requests for changes in housing fees, each institution shall submit, in accordance with procedures established by the USG chief fiscal officer and Treasurer, a financial statement that projects revenues and expenditures based on estimated housing enrollments, salary adjustments, inflationary expense, and other relevant factors (BoR Minutes, October 1997).
For purposes of this policy, the term “trademark” shall include all trademarks, service marks, trade names, seals, symbols, designs, slogans, and logotypes developed by or associated with the USG or any of its institutions, or not yet registered under federal and state trademark statutes.
All trademarks of USG institutions constitute property of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and all applications for registration under Federal and State laws pertaining to trademark registration shall be made in the name of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Authorization by the Board of Regents shall be required for the private or commercial use by any person, firm, association, corporation, institution, or other entity of any trademark developed by, or associated with the USG or any of its institutions.
The presidents of USG institutions are authorized to execute on behalf of the Board of Regents:
- Certain applications for trademark and service mark registration;
- Declarations of continuing use;
- Declarations concerning use of specimens;
- Conversions of applications from Principal to Supplemental Register;
- Applications for renewal; and,
- License agreements that permit the manufacture, sale, use, or distribution of services or goods bearing USG trademarks representative of the institution.
(BoR Minutes, 1990-91, pp. 388-389)
Notice of trademark and service mark applications shall be sent to the Chancellor within ten (10) days after filing (BoR Minutes, 1990-91, pp. 388-389).
License agreements shall name the Board of Regents as licensor, and shall be effective for the period of time as specified in the agreement. All such license agreements shall be executed on forms approved by the Attorney General, and, if not, shall be null and void and of no effect whatsoever. Funds derived from such license agreements shall remain at the institution, shall be used for educational purposes, and shall not inure to the benefit of any individual. A signed or conformed copy of each license agreement shall be filed in the office of the chief business officer of the institution (BoR Minutes, 1990-91, pp. 388-389).
The content of licensing agreements authorized as aforesaid shall follow guidelines as established and promulgated by the Chancellor (BoR Minutes, 1982-83, pp. 124-25).
7.11.9 Home or Off-Campus Use of USG Equipment for Business Purposes
USG property such as portable personal computers or similar items may be removed from an institution to the home of an employee or an off-campus site when the purpose is for business only. Such use shall be tightly controlled, and documentation as to the location and use shall be available at all times (BoR Minutes, 1990-91, pp. 378-79).
Regulations on information security will be published and distributed periodically to the various operating units in Section 12.0, Protection and Security of Records, of the Business Procedures Manual.
The Board of Regents’ Retiree Health Benefit Fund (“the Benefit Fund”) is established by Georgia state law to provide a steady stream of support for the mission of the Benefit Fund. As such, its assets are to be invested in a prudent manner that seeks to ensure the Benefit Fund assets grow to support the spending requirements of the Benefit Fund.
The minimum funding requirements of O.C.G.A. 47- 20-10 shall not apply to prefunding, in whole or in part, of anticipated future costs of providing other post-employment benefits as defined by Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements Number 43 and Number 45 for retired employees of a political subdivision, including those presently retired and those anticipated to retire in the future, as provided in O.C.G.A. 47-20-10.1.
This investment policy provides a set of guidelines that govern the investment of these assets. The guidelines include asset allocation, allowable investments, quarterly standards, and performance standards overall and by specific category.
7.13.2 General Objectives
Investments will be made for the sole benefit of the Board of Regents Retiree Health Insurance Benefit Fund. Specifically, the portfolio should be guided by the following objectives:
- The assets must be invested with the skill, care and diligence that a prudent investor would use in a similar capacity.
- The Benefit Fund should seek to earn the projected spending rate plus inflation over a full market cycle, generally forty-eight (48) to sixty (60) months.
- The Benefit Fund should seek to outperform relevant market indices over a full market cycle.
The Board of Regents has oversight regarding all trust fund decisions. The Board has delegated the oversight role to the Finance and Business Operations Committee, which has the responsibility to ensure that the Benefit Fund assets are managed:
- For the exclusive benefit of the Retiree Health Insurance Benefit Fund;
- Prudently and in compliance with applicable laws and regulation; and,
- Effectively so that the assets will increase over time, on an inflation adopted basis.
- Developing investment goals, objectives and performance measurement standards that are consistent with the needs of the Benefit Fund;
- Determining how the Benefit Fund assets should be allocated among asset classes; and,
- Communicating the investment goals, objectives, and standards to the professional money manager(s), as noted below, including any material changes that may subsequently occur.
The Committee, with the consent of the Board, has the power to appoint professional money manager(s) to execute the Benefit Fund’s investment strategy. The Committee will also review and evaluate the results of the professional money manager(s) in the context of mutually accepted standards of performance.
7.13.4 Monitoring of Objectives
The Retiree Benefit Fund will be monitored for adherence to investment philosophy, returns relative to objectives, and investment risk as measured by asset concentration, exposure to extreme economic conditions, and volatility. The Committee will conduct periodic reviews of the professional money manager in order to confirm that the factors underlying the performance expectations remain in place. The Committee shall meet with the professional money manager(s) at least semi-annually.
7.13.5 Short-term Investment Portfolio
The Benefit Fund’s short-term portfolio should seek to provide preservation and enhancement of capital. The Fund will need liquidity and income annually and therefore will only accept minimal short-term volatility in those assets providing income. However, a portion of short-term assets may be invested for the longer term, and volatility in these asset categories is to be expected and managed.
The short-term investment objective is to consistently outperform selected weighted market indices, and is expected to rank at or above the median when compared to a universe of its peers managing similar portfolios and following a similar investment style such as the Georgia One fund, or the Georgia Extended Asset Pool.
The long-term investment objective for the Fund’s short-term portfolio is to achieve an average annual total rate of return in excess of the inflation rate (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) plus one percent (1%) for the aggregate investments under this investment policy evaluated over rolling three (3) to five (5) year periods, net of investment management and advisory fees. This is based on targeting allocations in fixed income assets and cash equivalents to meet the current period plan obligations, as outlined in the investment statement. A secondary objective to be considered is diversification and risk management. A third objective is to invest principally in liquid and marketable instruments consistent with anticipated cash requirements.
7.13.6 Long-term Investment Portfolio
The Fund’s long-term investment portfolio should seek to provide annual income growing in line with inflation, with the secondary investment objective to seek growth of principal over time. The Fund will need liquidity and income annually and therefore will only accept minimal short-term volatility in those assets providing income. However, the majority of assets are to be invested for the long-term, and some volatility in these asset categories is to be expected and managed.
The long-term investment objective for the Trust’s long-term portfolio is to achieve an average annual total rate of return in excess of the inflation rate (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) plus five percent (5%) for the aggregate investments under this Investment Policy Statement evaluated over rolling three (3) to five (5) year periods. This return, which is to be net of investment management and advisory fees, is based on targeting allocations in equities, fixed income, and other assets and cash equivalents, as outlined in the investment statement.
The short-term investment objective is to consistently outperform selected weighted market indices. The overall short-term objective is the preservation and enhancement of capital. A secondary objective to be considered is diversification and risk management. A third objective is to invest principally in liquid and marketable instruments.
(BoR Minutes, January, 2008).
The USG shall have a program and policies on or before May 1, 2009 designed to protect against identity theft and to safeguard personal and/or financial information maintained by the USG and its institutions and offices. The program shall comply with all federal and Georgia credit reporting and electronic transaction laws, shall be reviewed at least annually for effectiveness and legal compliance, and shall be widely distributed.
Risk refers to the probability of an event and potential consequences to an organization associated with that event’s occurrence. Risks do not necessarily exist in isolation from other risks; as a result, a series of risk events may result in a collective set of consequences that is more impactful than the discrete set of consequences associated with risk events taking place in isolation. Risk is inherent to any activity. It is neither possible, nor advantageous, to entirely eliminate risk from an activity without ceasing that activity. The safest ships are the ones that do not sail, but that is not what they are designed for.
A risk is defined as Major when the combination of an event’s probability and the potential consequences is likely to:
- Impair the achievement of a University System of Georgia (USG) strategic goal or objective;
- Result in substantial financial costs either in excess of the impacted institution’s ability to pay or in an amount that may jeopardize the institution’s core mission;
- Create significant damage to an institution’s reputation or damage to the USG’s reputation; or,
- Require intervention in institutional or USG operations by the Board of Regents and/or an external body.
Major Risks are a subset of the larger category of Significant Risks referenced in the Risk Management Policy. Major Risks are the most critical risks and must meet the definition of Major Risk as defined in Section 7.15.1 of this Policy Manual. Significant Risks includes Major Risks but also include less critical risks. The definition of Significant Risk will be detailed in the System-level procedures manual referenced in Section 22.214.171.124 of this Policy Manual. However, the level at which a risk becomes Significant will vary by institution given each institution’s risk tolerance, resources, and ability to manage risk events. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
The Board of Regents recognizes that the proper management of risk is a core leadership function that must be practiced throughout the USG. The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework shall be the accepted framework for USG risk management. ERM is defined as a process-driven tool that enables management to visualize, assess, and manage significant risks that may adversely impact the attainment of key organizational objectives. It is the responsibility of USG and institutional leaders to identify, assess, and manage risks using the ERM process. The successful implementation of ERM policies and practices can enhance potential opportunities to help achieve organizational objectives.
Some level of risk is not only expected in normal everyday activities but can be beneficial. However, acceptance of risk shall not include:
- Willful exposure of students, employees, or others to unsafe environments or activities;
- Intentional violation of federal, state, or local laws;
- Willful violation of contractual obligations; or,
- Unethical behavior.
Risk management decisions should be made after conducting a cost-benefit analysis; such analysis should take into account the potential costs associated with the identified risk should the risk event take place as compared to the costs associated with mitigating the risk. It should be noted that these costs are not only financial but may also include substantial damage to reputation, opportunity costs, potential litigation, distraction from core missions, obsolescence and others.
While it is challenging to properly assess some risk events prior to them happening, Major Risks that could result in significant long-term damage to the USG or a USG institution must be identified to the Board and the Chancellor as soon as possible. Acceptance of Major Risks must be at the discretion of the Board and the Chancellor. The System-level procedures manual referenced in Section 126.96.36.199 of this Policy Manual shall provide additional guidance on the timing and form pertaining to the reporting of Major Risks. Significant Risks should be identified in a timely manner. Significant Risks specific to an institution or unit shall be accepted and/or managed by the institution’s president or the president’s designee.
Categories of risks managed through the ERM framework include:
- Strategic Risks – Affect ability to carry out goals and objectives as articulated in the USG Strategic Plan and individual Institution Strategic Plans;
- Compliance Risks – Affect compliance with laws and regulations, student, faculty and staff safety, environmental issues, litigation, conflicts of interest, etc;
- Reputational Risks – Affect reputation, public perception, political issues, etc;
- Financial Risks – Affect loss of or ability to acquire assets, technology, etc; and,
- Operational Risks – Affect on-going management processes and procedures.
An identified risk may fall into multiple categories. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
7.15.3 General Objectives
The purpose of the Risk Management Policy is to strengthen the proper management of risks through proactive risk identification, risk management, and risk acceptance pertaining to all activities within the University System Office and USG institutions.
The Risk Management Policy is intended to:
- Ensure that Major Risks are reported to the Board and the Chancellor for review and acceptance;
- Result in the management of those risks that may significantly affect the pursuit of the stated strategic goals and objectives;
- Embed a culture of evaluating and identifying risks at multiple levels within the USG and USG institutions;
- Provide a consistent risk management framework in which the risks concerning USG and institutional business processes and functions are identified, considered, and addressed in key approval, review and control processes;
- Ensure that institutions communicate Significant Risks to the USG level so risk can be measured across the System;
- Inform and improve decision-making throughout the University System;
- Meet legal and regulatory requirements;
- Assist in safeguarding USG and institutional assets to include people, finance, property and reputation; and,
- Ensure that existing and emerging risks are identified and managed within acceptable risk tolerances.
(BoR Minutes, August 2010)
The Risk Management Policy applies to all USG institutions and the University System Office. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
An institution-wide approach to risk management shall be adopted by all USG institutions. It is expected that risk management processes will be embedded into the institution’s management systems and processes. All risk management efforts will be focused on supporting the institution’s objectives. Therefore, each institution president shall develop a campus risk management framework and associated procedures that include:
- Formal and ongoing identification of risks that impact the institution’s goals;
- Development of risk management plans;
- Monitoring the progress of managing risks;
- Periodic updates of risk management plans; and
- Reporting of risks so that Significant Risks can be rolled up to the System level.
Risks may be managed by using one or more of the following methods:
- Avoid (eliminate, withdraw from or do not become involved in an activity creating risk);
- Retain (accept the risk and plan for the expected impact);
- Transfer/Share (move the risk to another party by hedging against undesired outcome or reduce the risk through processes such as insurance); and,
- Reduce (control the risk through additional or optimized controls).
Each president shall designate in writing a Risk Management Policy coordinator to assist campus administrators in maintaining the campus risk management framework and procedures. The Risk Management Policy coordinator shall have sufficient authority to ensure high-level management of the institution’s risk management efforts.
At the System level, the Chancellor shall designate an executive-level position to oversee implementation of the Risk Management Policy across the University System of Georgia. The Chancellor also shall designate a Risk Management Policy coordinator to assist University System Office (USO) administrators in maintaining the USO risk management framework and procedures. The Committee on Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance is the Board committee that shall provide oversight to implementation of the Risk Management Policy and review Major Risks on behalf of the Board of Regents.
Campus risk management framework and procedures shall be reviewed annually. Periodic reviews for compliance with the system wide guidelines shall also be conducted by internal audit or a similar accountability function. Additional procedures for risk management policy reporting and implementation shall be established in a System-level procedures manual. (BoR Minutes, August 2010)
It is the policy of the University System of Georgia (USG) to comply with applicable Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations and to encourage ethical conduct as detailed in the USG Ethics Policy (see Board Policy 8.2.20 University System of Georgia Ethics Policy). The USG Compliance and Ethics Program (Program) refers to the USG policies and procedures designed to ensure ethical conduct and compliance with legal requirements and ethical conduct.
Adherence to Federal guidelines for an effective compliance and ethics program is also a key Program purpose. Effectively implementing the Program will ensure that USG institutions are equipped with the information needed to effectively follow applicable laws and regulations while also reducing potential fines and penalties should a USG institution inadvertently not adhere to a legal or regulatory requirement.
Effectively implementing the Program will also ensure that USG institutions are equipped with the information needed to effectively comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations. A system wide compliance program can help identify subject matter experts in various fields and assist in making their expertise known across the University System. Program implementation will focus on leveraging current resources and Board Policy 7.15 Risk Management in support of Program implementation.
Program objectives are to:
- Identify applicable laws, regulations, policies, and contractual requirements which pertain to each institution and to the USG;
- Ensure that responsibility for ensuring compliance has been properly assigned to responsible personnel;
- Monitor compliance with applicable requirements; and,
- Provide training and expertise to assist institutions and the USG in meeting its compliance requirements.
An effective Program is designed to meet the following elements and ensure that:
- Standards have been adopted that require compliance with applicable law;
- High-level personnel have been assigned the authority and responsibility to implement the Program and that the Board of Regents is periodically updated on Program status;
- Individuals with substantial discretionary authority and/or charged with implementing the Program have not engaged in illegal activities or other conduct inconsistent with an effective compliance program;
- Program requirements and ethical standards are periodically communicated to all employees through effective training and regular communication;
- Effective monitoring is implemented to detect misconduct, evaluate Program effectiveness, and provide a reporting system whereby employees can report misconduct without fear of retribution;
- Program standards are enforced through appropriate incentives and sanctions; and,
- Responses to misconduct are appropriate and that reasonable steps are taken to prevent further offenses to include modifying the Program to prevent and detect violations of the law.
The Compliance Policy applies to all USG institutions and the University System Office.
An institution-wide approach to compliance shall be adopted by all USG institutions. It is expected that compliance processes will be embedded into the institution’s management systems and processes. All compliance efforts will be focused on supporting the institution’s objectives. Therefore, each institution president or designee shall develop a campus compliance framework and associated procedures to:
- Identify and document applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations;
- Establish job positions and/or oversight committees within the institution that have responsibility for ensuring compliance with each identified policy, procedure, law or regulation as applicable;
- Appoint one or more Compliance Officers where there are a substantial number of high risk policies, procedures, laws and regulations in a single area and in a manner as deemed appropriate for the specific institution (examples may include athletics, research, and human subject research);
- Communicate the policies, procedures, laws and regulations and their associated Compliance Officers or owners to institution staff as applicable and to the USG Office of Internal Audit and Compliance; and,
- Develop procedures where Compliance Officers and other individuals with responsibility for ensuring compliance: a. Conduct assessments of compliance requirements; b. Identify steps to implement these requirements; and, c. Report on the progress thereof.
There are multiple offices within the USG that have responsibility for compliance activities. The Chancellor shall designate a position responsible for coordinating the Program system wide.
7.4.1 Naming of Places, Colleges or Schools
The Board of Regents considers the naming of a place or an academic unit in honor of an individual, corporation, foundation, or organization to be one of the highest and most distinct honors that it can bestow. Namings may be authorized for outstanding and distinguished service, for philanthropic giving, or for both. The President of each institution should ensure that the proposed naming is consistent with the interest of the institution and the USG and is commensurate with the level of service or philanthropic giving from the person, persons, group, or groups for which the naming will be made. Namings authorized without associated fund raising should be the exception.
Naming of colleges and schools of all USG institutions and all real estate, facilities, and property owned or leased by the USG, including facilities constructed, donated, or acquired by affiliated organizations of the institutions, requires prior authorization by the Chancellor, the USG Chief Administrative Officer, and the Board of Regents. All proposed namings shall be submitted to the USG Chief Administrative Officer who shall distribute the proposal for integrated review and, in conjunction with the Chancellor, submit the request to the Board of Regents for approval.
Namings authorized by the Board of Regents shall not be modified without approval of the Board. If a situation occurs that may warrant the removal of a name that was previously approved by the Board of Regents, the decision whether to remove the name lies in the sole discretion of the Board in consultation with the Chancellor.
The President of an institution is authorized to name and to remove the name of interior spaces and academic units subordinate to colleges and schools, such as departments, without prior approval of the Board. Institutions shall maintain a report on interior namings and naming removals.
The namings of facilities and features of an institution will endure only for the useful life of the facility or feature and not in perpetuity. If a facility or feature is substantially changed, a named facility or feature may no longer exist and the President, in his or her discretion, may seek Board of Regents’ approval to transfer the name to a new facility or feature.
The Board of Regents will authorize external namings (places, colleges, and schools) to honor a living person only when that person has been disassociated from employment by the USG or from local, state, or federal government employment for at least two years prior to seeking Board of Regents’ approval.
Institution Naming Policy:
Institutions shall also maintain their own naming policy, which should establish minimums for financial commitments corresponding to such naming opportunity that are benchmarked against institutions similar in size, scope, and mission. Each institution shall provide a copy of its naming policy to the USG Chief Administrative Officer for approval.
The purpose of this Funding Policy is to state the intent for accumulation of reserve funding for the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability of the Board of Regents Health Benefit Plan. The Board of Regents establishes this Funding Policy to help ensure the systematic funding of future benefit payments for members of the Board of Regents Health Benefit Plan. The plan’s OPEB liability - the actuarially calculated liability for retiree benefits - is a significant liability that will increase absent control strategies such as advance funding. Therefore, it is the intent of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia that the Funding Policy outlined herein be implemented and remain unchanged unless changed by subsequent board action.
- To achieve long-term funding of the cost of benefits provided by the Board of Regents Health Benefit Plan;
- To seek reasonable and equitable allocation of the cost of benefits over time;
- To minimize volatility of employer contributions to the extent reasonably possible, consistent with other policy goals; and
- To maintain a policy that is both transparent and accountable to the stakeholders of the Board of Regents Health Benefit Plan.
Organizational units of the University System of Georgia pay the employer portion for group insurance for eligible retirees. The employer portion of the health insurance for its eligible retirees and retiree premium rate is based on the rates that are established annually by the Board of Regents for the upcoming plan year. With regard to life insurance, the employer covers the total costs for $25,000 basic life insurance.
Assets are to accumulate under the guidelines described in the Reserve Funding Levels and OPEB Trust Fund Allocation Section, so that investment income can be earned on assets not needed to pay current year retiree health benefit payments.
Any reserve funds in the Board of Regents Health Benefit plan remaining after allowing for the plan’s Incurred But Not Reported (IBNR) liability plus twenty (20%) percent of plan benefit claims expense, be transferred to the OPEB Trust Fund annually, upon completion of the financial audit. Additional one-time contributions may be made on a discretionary basis in connection with derisking and other objectives upon approval of the Board of Regents.
On an annual basis the University System of Georgia, Fiscal Affairs will report to the Board of Regents the amounts accumulated in the OPEB Trust Fund. The policy should be periodically reviewed in conjunction with the most recent version of the “Report of the Actuary on the Retiree Medical Valuations” that has been submitted to the Board of Regents, and any revisions to governmental accounting standards or statutory changes.
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