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Financial Risk Accountability Policy

Effective Date:

October 25, 2022


Risk Tolerance Policy

Policy Review Date:

3 years from effective date

Issuing Authority:

Research Foundation President

Responsible Party:

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Contact Information:


Reason for Policy

To monitor, control, and mitigate key financial risks at campus locations that could potentially have a negative impact on the financial strength of The Research Foundation for The State University of New York ("RF"), leveraging information readily available to all locations and Central Office departments in the Report Center.

To establish responsibilities for:

Statement of Policy

Financial risk by location will be evaluated by the Central Office Finance Office on a quarterly basis by use of metrics specified in the Financial Risk Accountability Procedure document and available in the Report Center.

Risk Accountability metrics will be uniformly applied across all campus locations, and multiple past periods will be considered, to reduce the impact of anomalies on risk profiles.


The following table outlines the responsibilities with this policy.

Responsible Party


Operation Managers

Regularly monitor the location’s Risk Accountability rating information and formulate corrective action plans if the location is identified as having an elevated level of risk based on the metrics.

RF Chief Financial Officer

Inform the RF President and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the status of this evaluation process, and the status of corrective actions plans agreed to by Operations Managers (OMs).


When necessary escalate risks when plans are not developed or mitigation is not achieved.

Finance Department

Quarterly produce the Financial Risk Accountability Report, distribute to each Operations Manager at each campus location, follow up with OMs to discuss financial risks and adopt mitigation plans and escalate risks when plans are not developed or mitigation is not achieved.



Related Information

Financial Risk Accountability Procedure

At Risk Policy

Managing Financial Risks at the RF

Officer Accountability Policy

Responsibility for Losses Policy



Change History


Summary of Change

October 25, 2022

Policy reviewed. Added reference to Report Center and added Finance department role to ‘Responsibilities’ section.

July 3, 2018

Policy renamed and specific measures outlined in previous Policy have been moved into a newly created Procedure.

July 2, 1008

Risk Tolerance Policy established.