Glossary of Terms

Unauthorized Disclosure
The act of providing information to any source not specifically authorized to receive such information, whether inside or outside of the University community.
Uncollectible Accounts Receivable
Any costs charged to a sponsored project that have been billed to the sponsor, but subsequent to the billing are determined to be uncollectible from the sponsor.
Uncollectible Amount
An amount for which payment from a customer is not expected, for reasons such as disputes over pricing; contractual terms; performance or receipt of product; bankruptcy or other legal proceeding.
Uncollectible Costs
Any costs charged to a sponsored project that will not be reimbursed by the sponsor. They include:
  • Budget overruns;
  • Unallowable costs;
  • Unallocable costs; and
  • Other uncollectible costs that do not meet any of the above criteria, but that the sponsor is otherwise unwilling or unable to pay, (e.g., amounts that are disputed by the sponsor, or amounts deemed uncollectible due to sponsor bankruptcy).
Uncommitted
Voluntary cost sharing or matching/in-kind funds not pledged in the proposal and subsequently not stated on award documents. This type of cost sharing is more than what is agreed to as part of the award.
Uncommitted Cost Sharing
Voluntary cost sharing funds not pledged in the proposal and subsequently not stated on award documents. This type of cost sharing is above that agreed to as part of the award. This is commonly referred to as voluntary uncommitted cost sharing and for faculty and senior researchers, does not have to be documented or reported.
Underutilization
Proven disparity in the awarding of procurement contracts to certain businesses or class of businesses.
Undue Burden
Significant difficulty or expense. In determining whether an action would result in an undue burden, an agency will consider all agency resources available to the agency or components for which the product is being developed, procured, maintained, or used.
Uninterrupted Energy
A highly reliable energy source with a highly reliable distribution system with a goal of zero percent downtime in any given year.
Unique, Unusual, or Atypical Expenses
Expenses that cannot be paid using the normal university purchasing options such as a purchasing card or the centralized AP system. Using the normal purchasing options would significantly diminish the University department from meeting its objectives or University mission or significantly increase risks or costs to the University. Examples include payments for research subjects and some international projects. Payments of a reoccurring nature such as utility, telephone or internet charges do NOT constitute unique.

Glossary of Terms

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