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Principles of financial delegation

The University applies the following principles of financial delegation:

  • Delegations do not operate in respect of matters which, in the opinion of the delegate:
      • Are of special importance
      • Possess special features
      • Are matters of importance which should be submitted to a higher authority
  • The authority to approve is also the authority to withhold approval. (This does not preclude the review of the decision by a more senior officer at the request of a person affected by the decision or the person who made the recommendation.)
  • More senior delegates may, in writing or orally, require that delegates under their control not exercise a delegation, either fully or partially.
  • An officer temporarily appointed to a position may exercise all of the delegated authority of the position unless restrictions have been imposed by a more senior delegate.
  • A person who is carrying out the duties of a position for a brief period should exercise only those delegations which relate to routine matters. Where a matter is not routine, it should be referred to a higher authority. If this is not possible in a very urgent case, approval may be given and the matter reported to the substantive occupant or higher authority as soon as possible.

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