An overpayment occurs when an employee is paid for hours he or she did not work or paid at an incorrect rate. ASU is required by law to recover these funds. A series of state and federal regulations govern the overpayment process. To comply with these regulations, an employee is required to notify his or her department immediately if he or she discovers an overpayment on his or her paycheck. Departments should reconcile their payroll on a timely basis to ensure that no employees are overpaid.

Repayment Process

Once notified of an overpayment, payroll services will provide the department administrator a payroll deduction agreement and an overpayment schedule to be provided to the employee. Repayment should be made in full immediately. However, some overpayments may be substantial and an immediate repayment may be a financial burden to the employee. In those instances, Accounting Services will work with the employee to identify a mutually agreeable repayment solution. If the employee fails to respond to the payroll deduction agreement within 10 days, payroll deductions will begin on the next pay period per the terms outlined on the document.

Federal law treats wage overpayments the same as any other wages the employee might receive. As long as the employee repays the overpayment within the same taxable year, all taxes may be refunded and the employee’s W-2 will reflect the correction. If the repayment is received after the end of the tax year in which the overpayment is made, the W-2 cannot be changed for federal income or state taxes. Only social security taxes can be refunded.

Because of these circumstances, if the repayment is made in the same year as the overpayment, payroll will request net pay as the reimbursable amount. If the repayment is not made until a later tax year, federal law requires payroll to request gross pay less Social Security taxes as the reimbursable amount. Refer to IRS publication 525 for more details.

Appeal of Determined Repayment Amount

An employee who wishes to appeal the amount and duration of the repayment may send an email to FSPayroll. All appeals are approved by the senior director of accounting services.

Payroll processes


Note: Contact backup only if you receive an out-of-office reply.

Asst. Director, Financial Services

Aimee Clementi
Payroll Fax: 480-965-0554

Manager Payroll Administration
Geraldine Peterson
Fax: 480-302-8543



Responsibility/Dept. codes

Giovanna De Luca
Back-up | Vanessa Helfrey

Cultural Affairs/Gammage | V0101
General Counsel | N0101
Payroll General Deductions

SDA | J0101

Vanessa Helfrey

Fax | 480-505-0641
Back up | Giovanna De Luca


Direct Deposit Refund

Marketing Enterprise Hub | S0102
Media Relations and Strat Communications | T0102
President's Office | A0101

Provost Office | B0101

Tracy Brown

Fax | 480-505-0641

Back up | Susana Orozco
**Back up | Vanessa Helfrey



Barrett Honors College | B1201

Engineering | B1301

FS/HR/FDM/Facilities/Administration/DPS | D0104

School of Sustainability/Materials | B2601
University Libraries | B1501

Freida Brice

Back up | Van Anh Nguyen


Downtown Campus/College of Law | M0101

Polytechnic campus | I0201

West campus | G0206

Van Anh Nguyen
Back up | Frieda Brice

EHS | D1101

Institutional Analysis | C0102
Liberal Arts/CLAS Social Science | B1701
Online and Extended Campus | R0101
University Technology Office | U0101

Susana Orozco
Back up | Tracy Brown

ABOR | Z0101
Academic Senate | B0701
EOSS | L0101
Graduate College | B1901

OKED/Research/Biodesign | E0102

Rhonda Onisile
Back up | Vanessa Helfrey
  College of Global Futures/School of Sustainability | B3200
Herberger | B0501
North Central Association | H0105
Risk and Emergency Management | D1401
WPC Business | 1601

Christina Rascon-Martinez

Back up | Giovanna De Luca

480-965-5034 Lost checks/Expired warrants
Financial Analyst Prin

Tirscha Gomez


480-965-6035 Overpayments

Time reporting

The employee and his or her immediate supervisor are responsible for accurate reporting of time and attendance. Department Time Administrators finalize the approval of time only after receiving confirmation or approval by the employee’s supervisor or manager.

Each college and administrative area must have a procedure in place that requires time reporting to be requested by employees and approved by their supervisors before DTAs approve time in PeopleSoft. Departments must maintain request and approval documentation, both of which are subject to review and audit. Refer to the guide for information.

Staff Responsibilities

  • All staff: Provide your supervisor or manager with a written request for all leave in accordance with SPP 702–01: Vacation Leave—General Policy and SPP 701–01: Sick Leave—General Policy.

  • Exempt staff: Enter exception paid time off into the Time and Labor Reporting system or via an alternative method as set by the department for all non-worked hours in a pay period.

  • Nonexempt staff: Accurately report the employee’s hours on a daily basis; time entries can be completed using online timesheet reporting, by submitting a paper timesheet or using an alternative method as set by the department to the supervisor or manager.

Supervisor and Manager Responsibilities

  • All staff: Manage nonexempt schedules and requests; receive approvals for overtime/compensatory time; review and approve leave requests, and submit required documentation to DTA within established deadlines.

  • Exempt staff: Review and approve requests for exception time submitted via email or an alternate method, as determined by the department. Forward to the DTA any email correspondence of the exception time request to finalize.

  • Nonexempt staff: Review, approve, and sign a printed copy of the PeopleSoft timesheet or an alternative method, as set by the department prior to submitting to the DTA to finalize. Provide the DTA any documentation of variations in the schedule and leave request forms.

DTA Responsibilities

  • Compare the employee’s online timesheet with documentation received.

  • Ensure hours outside standard hours have approval documentation.

  • Ensure that all time signed and approved by a supervisor for their employees is finalized and accurately entered within established payroll processing deadlines.

  • Exempt staff: Verify the entry of exception time against the approved request.

  • Nonexempt staff: Verify the timesheet or alternative time reporting method set by the department for signatures by the employee and supervisor.

  • Report discrepancies between the timesheet and documentation to the employee’s supervisor for resolution.

Vacation and compensatory payouts

Vacation and compensatory payouts at termination or change of status are now centrally funded. The ERE rate includes a component to fund vacation and compensatory payouts. Prior to submitting a vacation and/or compensatory PTR, departments must map the position number of the employee being terminated or going through a change of status for earnings specific distribution, for the earnings code VPO and CTP, to Cost Center CC0004 and Program PG03070 in the maintain position accounting screens in PeopleSoft.