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Below are the 7 types of procurement card violations and an explanation of what is an appropriate consequence for a specific violation. The department as well as the Purchasing Department has the authority to cancel a card at any time. The SIUE P-Card Auditor will notify the P-Card Administrator of apparent violations that require follow-up and handling.

Procurement Card Violations:

1. Personal purchases
2. Cash or cash type transactions
3. Split purchases
4. Inappropriate purchases
5. Lack of supporting documentation
6. Improper coding of transactions
7. Failure to timely reconcile or approve transactions

Consequences for Procurement Card Violation:

1.Personal Purchase(s):

Definition:  A personal purchase is anything that is not purchased for use and ownership by the University.

Violation:  It is a Cardholder violation to make ANY personal purchases or transactions with the Procurement Card or on any other purchase method. It is against the law to use University funds, obtained from either State, federal or local sources, to purchase items for personal use. Even though the Cardholder may have paid the University back, or intends to pay back the amount of the purchase, it may be considered a fraudulent act.

Consequence:  The University must be reimbursed immediately for the amount of the personal purchase. The Card will be canceled. Any violation of this policy will be investigated and could result in termination and/or criminal prosecution. In the event of willful or negligent default of these obligations, the University shall take any recovery action deemed appropriate, that is permitted by law.

2.Cash or Cash Type Transactions:

Definition:  Cash, cash in addition to purchase, cash in lieu of credit to account, travelers checks, money orders, gambling, ATM transactions, etc.

Violation:  A cash or cash type transaction made using the Procurement Card (this includes accepting cash rather than credit for returned items).

Consequence:  The University must be reimbursed immediately and the funds deposited directly into the appropriate University account. Card will be canceled and any violation of this policy will be investigated and could result in termination and/or criminal prosecution. In the event of willful or negligent default of these obligations, the University shall take any recovery action deemed appropriate, that is permitted by law.

3. Split Purchases:

Definition:  Split transactions are defined as single items costing more than $3500.00 which are split between multiple transactions to circumvent the $3500.00 limit.

Violation:  A split purchase as defined above.

Consequence:  Card may be revoked and the Cardholder will be required to obtain further training before the card is reinstated. Individual card limits may be increased to meet legitimate departmental needs by obtaining the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

4. Inappropriate Purchases:

Definition:  Any purchase that is a violation as set forth in the user's guide, the purchasing policies and procedures of the University, or State of Illinois purchasing laws and regulations. The Procurement Card is to be used for small dollar purchases ONLY. NO other purchases not allowed by the intent and purpose of the Procurement Card Program shall be allowed.

Violation:  Purchase of any inappropriate items or services on the Procurement Card.

Consequence:  Any violation of this policy may be investigated and could result in termination and/or criminal prosecution. At a minimum, the Cardholder will receive a warning and may be required to obtain additional training on use of the program. Chronic abuse may result in cancellation of the card and will be investigated as a personal purchase.

5. Failure to Provide Supporting Documentation:

Definition:  Each transaction on the Procurement Card must be represented by an itemized receipt or other acceptable means of documentation that verifies the date of purchase, the vendor or merchant name, each item purchased and the price of each item.

Violation:  Lack of supporting documentation for every transaction is a cardholder violation.

Consequence:  Any violation of this policy will be investigated and could result in termination and/or criminal prosecution. Human error and patterns of chronic abuse will be considered. At a minimum, the Cardholder will receive a warning and may be required to obtain additional training on use of the program. Chronic abuse may result in cancellation of the card and will be investigated as a personal purchase.

6. Improper Coding of Transactions

Definition:  Each transaction entered into the P-Card System must be assigned the proper expenditure/Object code in order to properly account for the expenditure transaction and to charge it to the appropriate budgetary line.

Violation:  Failure to assign the correct Object code to a transaction is a departmental card manager violation.

Consequence:  Any violation of this policy will be investigated and the P-Card Administrator will notify departmental card manager by e-mail of problem and request a response. Three separate coding incidents will result in a call to the fiscal officer advising him or her of the problem and soliciting assistance in dealing with the problem. Continued problems may result in the suspension of the individual card(s) for a minimum of three months and/or replacement or removal of departmental card manager.

7. Failure to Timely Reconcile or Approve Transactions

Definition:  University policy requires that p-card transactions be reconciled by the departmental card manager within 5 days of the e-mail notice to reconcile transactions. University policy also requires that reconciled transactions be approved by the departmental approver within 5 days of the e-mail notice to approve transactions.

Violation:  Failure to either reconcile or approve a transaction within 5 days will be considered a violation of the University p-card policy.

Consequence:  The P-Card Administrator will notify the departmental card manager or approver by e-mail of the problem and request a response. If the problem persists a final warning will be issued by the P-Card Administrator after which the department p-cards will be suspended for a minimum of three months. The departmental card manager or approver may be removed or replaced in their p-card role, depending upon the nature and severity of the problem.

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