EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2019
ISSUE #: 2
PRESIDENT: Juan Sánchez Muñoz
The purpose of this document is to define the financial obligations of employees to
the university and the sanctions for not fulfilling those obligations. This document applies
to all faculty, staff, and student employees of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)
and to all financial obligations and payments due or made to the university by the
For the purposes of this document, the following definitions apply:
2.1 Applicant: A person applying for employment that has never been on the University
of Houston System payroll; one whose employment with the university has been
interrupted and who is applying for new employment; or an employee applying
for renewal or extension of appointment or promotion to a new position within the
2.2 Employee: Any person employed to perform a service for the university and
paid through the university payroll system--regardless of whether the person is
staff or faculty, full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent, or holds student status.
2.3 Delinquent debt: Any obligation to the university that is not paid by the due
date indicated on the billing statement, letter, citation, and/or financial suspension
2.4 Financial obligations: Any debt owed to the University of Houston-Downtown,
which includes but is not limited to payment for parking permits; parking fines;
purchases of goods from university departments; payment for tuition, fees, library
fines; Health Center or Counseling and Testing charges; travel advances; personal
checks submitted for cash; checks that are returned unpaid by the financial institution;
and reimbursement to the university for any erroneous payment to the employee.
2.5 Master Check List: The list, maintained by Student Accounting, of persons who
have submitted two checks to the university that have been returned unpaid by the
financial institution or one check which is not made good within 10 days.
2.6 Payment plan or payment agreement: An agreement arranged with the university by Student Accounting for regular payment of tuition debt over a defined period of
2.7 Returned check: A check presented in payment or for cash that is returned unpaid to
the university by the financial institution for insufficient funds, because the account
has been closed, the account number is invalid, or because a stop payment has been
issued after goods or services have been delivered or the services rendered.
3.1 University employees are required to satisfy their financial obligations to the
university in a timely fashion. Employee financial obligations include payment for
parking permits; payment for parking citations or towing; purchases of goods or
services from university departments; payment for tuition, fees, library fines, Health
Center charges; any personal checks submitted for payment; or any other financial
obligation to the university incurred by the employee.
3.2 Applicants for employment at UHD and current UHD employees applying for
new positions within UHD will not be approved unless and until any delinquent debt
to the university is paid.
4.1 Applicants for employment at UHD and UHD employees applying for new positions.
4.1.1 Before an offer of employment is made by Employment Services and
Operations (ESO) to any applicant, university debt records should be
verified through the Cashiers’ Office to ascertain whether the applicant has
delinquent university debt. If delinquent debt is discovered, the offer should
not be made unless and until the delinquent debt is paid. ESO should notify
the applicant that the offer cannot be made because of the outstanding debt to
4.1.2 If the prospective employee has a valid payment plan in effect with UHD
Student Accounting, employment may be granted as long as the payments
are up to date.
4.1.3 If a debt exists, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the
Cashiers’ Office and pay any delinquent debt to the university before
employment related action can proceed.
4.1.4 Upon payment of the debt in full, all holds will be removed from the account.
ESO may then proceed with the hiring offer to the applicant.
4.2 Employees with Returned Checks:
4.2.1 Checks may be accepted from employees in payment for goods, services,
fees, fines or for cashing (up to $50) with two pieces of identification: a
University of Houston-Downtown student, staff, or faculty I.D. and a driver’s
license. (If the individual writing the check does not have a driver’s license,
a picture I.D. issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a passport
may be accepted as the second identification. A driver’s license alone is
adequate identification if the individual is providing payment for which
university status is not required.) The check writer’s driver’s license number
is required on the face of the check along with Banner ID number and
office extension. The clerk accepting the check is required to review the
employee’s account to verify that the employee has check-writing privileges.
4.2.2 Under certain circumstances, Texas statute defines theft as the writing and/or
presenting of a check against insufficient funds or a closed account or
the issuance of a stop payment after goods or services have been delivered.
If an employee presents a check to the university that is returned unpaid
by the employee’s bank, the following will occur:
a. Within one week of receipt of the unpaid check, Student Accounting
will notify the employee by certified mail and email with “read receipt”
that the check was returned and for what reason(s); e.g., “nonsufficient
funds,” “account closed,” or “stop payment.”
b. The employee is then required to redeem the check within ten calendar
days of the date of the notice at the Cashier’s Office. Cash, cashier’s
check, travelers’ check, or money order must be used to redeem the
c. A returned check charge of no less than $20.00 will be assessed to
the employee at that time.
d. An employee who fails to make the returned check good within the tenday time frame may have the following sanctions applied:
4.2.2.d.1 Immediate loss of check-writing privileges until the check
4.2.2.d.2 Suspension of any favorable personnel actions such as
promotion, transfer, etc.
4.2.2.d.3 The transmittal of the check to the District Attorney or
Justice of the Peace for possible prosecution. The employee
will be liable for all collection and legal fees.
4.2.3 An employee who presents two checks to the university within one year that
are subsequently returned unpaid by the bank (regardless of whether they are
made good within the ten-day period) will be entered on the Master Check
List and will forfeit his/her check writing privileges for one year. Persons
whose names appear on the Master Check List must provide payment to
the university by cash, credit card, money order, or cashier’s check until they
qualify for removal from the list. A check writer may petition the Director
of Student Accounting and Cashiers for removal of his/her name one year
after the first check has been made good, assuming the second one has also
been redeemed.(Instructions for petitioning for removal of one’s name are
available from the Cashiers’ Office.)
4.2.4 Any subsequent check submitted to the university that is returned unpaid
will result in permanent suspension of that employee’s check-writing
4.3 Employees with Delinquency Debt:
4.3.1 Employees may incur financial obligations to the University for goods,
services, fees, fines, or erroneous payments by the university to the employee.
Examples include parking permits; parking fines; library fines; or tuition, fees.
4.3.2 If the financial obligation is due to an overpayment of payroll, the
overpayment will be deducted from a subsequent payroll payment.
4.3.3 Upon failure to pay for such obligations by the due date, the employee’s
account will reflect that it is delinquent and the employee delinquent
account information is made available to ESO.
4.3.4 When an employee debt becomes delinquent, the following actions will be
4.3.4.a A hold may be placed on the employee’s PeopleSoft financial
4.3.4.b ESO will not approve a university award or any favorable
personnel action that results in increased status and financial benefit
for an employee whose account indicates delinquent debt, unless
and until the debt is cleared. Delinquent tuition debt with UHD
may be paid to the Cashiers’ Office. All other delinquencies must be
rectified with the department or UHS component that the debt is
4.3.4.c For UHD tuition debt the employee will be contacted by Student
Accounting, informing the employee of the requirement to pay or be subject to the university sanctions outlined in this policy
document. A Notification of Delinquent University Debt email, a
copy of the employee’s account statement and/or additional
information that can be provided regarding the debt, and a link to
this policy document will be provided at that time.
4.3.4.d If the employee disagrees with the debt he/she may appeal by
contacting the Director of Student Accounting and Cashiers who will
research the account and provide final determination.
4.3.4.e Thirty days after the second notification by Student Accounting, if
the delinquent debt has not been paid in full or if an approved
payment plan is not in effect, the delinquent debts may be referred
to a collection agency and a credit bureau. The employee will be
responsible for all collection fees and fines assessed at that point.
Responsible Party: Vice President for Administration and Finance
Review: Every three years on or before July 1
Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations.
Issue #1: 01/29/14
There are no references associated with this policy.