Update on new expenditure guidelines for all UBC faculty and staff

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Since the announcement of new expenditure guidelines on September 27, we have received a number of comments, questions and concerns. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to share their feedback with us.

There has been a positive response to the founding principles, as well as the compilation of various policies and practices into one document. However, we have learned that a number of changes to current practice – specific to computer and related purchases, as well as pre-approval for travel – require further thought and consultation.

For both of these areas, we propose to establish a working group with representatives from across the university.

In addition to establishing the working groups, we are developing “Frequently Asked Questions” which will be posted online soon. The guidelines will also be subject to regular review and we look forward to working with faculty and staff representatives to refine them.

You can view the expenditure guidelines at http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2017/09/Expenditure-Guidelines.pdf.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please feel free to contact your local Finance Director: http://vpfinance.ubc.ca/about-us/contact/support-by-unit/.

Andrew Simpson,
Vice-President, Finance & Operations