1.1 Treasurer's Office

(Amended 7/02; 3/10; 5/12)

The University Treasurer's Office has overall responsibility for administering and overseeing the banking, debt service, and investment programs for the University. The following is provided to communicate information on the services of the Treasurer's Office and the guidelines for using those services.

  1. Banking and Debt Services. The Treasurer's Office administers banking, cash management, and debt services for the University. This includes the establishment and maintenance of University bank accounts, contracting for new banking services including ATM and retail credit card processing, domestic and foreign wire transfers, foreign drafts/collection, stop payments, and ACH transactions. The Treasurer's Office also serves as the bond registrar and paying agent for the majority of the bonds issued by the University.
  2. Bank Accounts. Only the University Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, the Director of Financial Management and University Secretary, and the Director of Treasury Operations are authorized to establish and maintain University bank accounts. Requests for bank accounts or other banking services must be submitted to the Treasurer's Office for prior review and approval.
  3. Prohibition of Use of University's Name and Tax Identification Number. The University strictly prohibits the use of The University of Iowa's name or tax identification number by any person or organization in any bank account except as specifically authorized by the University Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer or the Director of Treasury Operations. Banks are periodically surveyed to identify any accounts utilizing the University's name or identification number. These accounts are independently reviewed for proper authorization.
  4. Bequests. The Treasurer's Office records and invests all funds that are designated as endowment and payable directly to The University of Iowa. Both the General Counsel and the Treasurer's Office are responsible for the initial review of all bequests to determine whether any portion has been designated as an endowment under the terms of the will. Beneficiary documents, estate notices, or any communication indicating a possible beneficiary status of bequests and gifts to the University shall be forwarded directly to the Office of the General Counsel for official handling. Wherever justified, the funds will be transferred to The University of Iowa Foundation, the University's preferred channel for private gifts.
  5. Investments — Operating, Endowment, and Quasi-Endowment Funds. Operating, endowment, and quasi-endowment funds are invested in compliance with the investment policy of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. (See Board of Regents Policy Manual 2.2.4.) Investments are independently reviewed and audited monthly and quarterly in accordance with Regent policy. Internal procedures and practices with regard to participant accounting, spendable earnings, and the charging of costs (i.e., investment management, banking and custody fees, and where applicable stewardship and donor-related services costs) are developed in consultation with the University's Investment Advisory Committee and the Treasurer's internal committee of administrative officers.
  6. Guidelines for Establishing and Maintaining an Endowment or Quasi-Endowment.
    1. Endowments. Endowment funds are invested for the long-term benefit of University programs with the objective of generating a reasonable spending payout while maintaining the real value of funds over time. Restrictions as to principal are imposed by the donor. A review to verify compliance with donor restrictions will be performed annually.

      All endowments are invested in a long-term investment pool which includes equities and fixed income securities. Spending payout amounts are calculated and communicated annually.
    2. Quasi-Endowments. Quasi-endowment funds are invested for the mid- and long-term benefit of University programs using investment philosophy similar to the endowment. However, in the case of quasi-endowments, current investment income and capital gains may be spent and the inflation-adjusted value of the principal need not be maintained over time. Restrictions as to principal are determined by the University.

      Based on the intended use of funds, quasi-endowments are invested in either or both the long-term investment pool and the intermediate investment pool.

      Quasi-endowment funds may be withdrawn once per fiscal year at the end of the third fiscal quarter (March 31). Written notice of the intention to withdraw funds must be received in the Treasurer's Office by March 1. Written requests to withdraw quasi-endowment funds must be signed by an authorized departmental representative. Under unusual circumstances the Treasurer may permit withdrawal at other times.
    3. Authorization. Endowment or quasi-endowment accounts may be established only when authorized by the University Treasurer's Office and University Controller. Additional contributions to established endowment or quasi-endowments accounts, other than investment earnings, also must be authorized by the University's Treasurer's Office and University Controller. Endowment determinations will be made based upon an interpretation of donor or other restrictions that apply, while quasi-endowment determinations will be based upon the proposed long-term uses and intentions of the department. Any request for the establishment of a quasi-endowment must be accompanied by a specific programmatic plan for those funds and should contemplate commitment of the corpus for a minimum of three years.
    4. Investment Earnings. Endowment or quasi-endowment funds deposited with the University will be transferred to a fund manager for investment at the next endowment valuation date — usually at the end of the calendar quarter following receipt of the funds. Investment pool earnings will begin accruing to the recipient department at that time. Balances in individual endowment or quasi-endowment income accounts will become part of the University pool investments; earnings on these balances will not accrue to either the fund principal or the associated income account, except where authorized by the Treasurer.
    5. Spendable Income. An amount determined by The University of Iowa's endowment spending rules will be transferred from the endowment or quasi-endowment fund to the associated income account on a quarterly basis. Periodically, in consultation with the Regents' investment advisor, the University evaluates guidelines for income distribution.

      Internal procedures are developed by Treasury Operations and approved by the University Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. For internal procedures and additional information, contact Treasury Operations or refer to the following web address: https://treasury.fo.uiowa.edu/policies-and-procedures .