Policy FN14 USE OF UNIVERSITY TANGIBLE ASSETS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

Policy Steward:  Office of the Corporate Controller

Contents:

  • Purpose
  • Policy
  • Reporting Noncompliance
  • Exceptions
  • Using University Assets Away From The University
  • Other Situations
  • Further Information
  • Cross References

  • PURPOSE:

    To state University policy governing the use of University tangible assets and services.

    POLICY:

    All tangible assets (including equipment, software, audio-visual material, work tools, theatrical costumes, etc.) owned, leased or operated by the University are to be used in the conduct of University programs and activities at University owned or leased locations.

    University departments may offer services only to other University departments and only for University-related work. (Rates for this work must be approved by the Corporate Controller.) Permitted work includes, instructional work for credit and non-credit courses, conferences, workshops, institutes, training programs, etc.; support for faculty research, publications, presentations, and outreach activities; services for recognized student organizations; and services for other organized student extramural activities.

    University tangible assets and services may not be used for personal gain, by employees for purposes outside the scope of their employment (see also Policy HR35 ), or by students beyond their instructional requirements. University resources are to be used for University business. Following are further policy statements regarding the policy on personal use of University equipment, staff and services:

    REPORTING NONCOMPLIANCE:

    Employees are encouraged to report instances of noncompliance with this policy. Employees can report concerns or observations of misuse or theft of University assets or services to any of the following: the employee’s immediate supervisor (unless they are the individual conducting the misuse), Internal Audit, the Employee Relations Division in the Office of Human Resources, their Financial Officer or Human Resources Representative, the University’s Ethics and Compliance Office and/or University Police.  Alternatively, an employee can file a report with the University’s Financial and Compliance Hotline at 1-800-560-1637 or www.mycompliancereport.com/brand/psu .  If an employee reports a concern about or observation of misuse or theft to his or her immediate supervisor, the supervisor should contact any of the above-named remaining units or individuals.  If the Financial Officer or the employee’s work unit’s Human Resource Representative receives a report from the employee or the employee’s supervisor, they should contact Employee Relations, Internal Audit, the Ethics and Compliance Office or University Police.

    When a report of misuse or theft of University assets or services is received by Internal Audit, Employee Relations, and the University’s Ethics and Compliance Office, they may consult and discuss with each other as necessary to insure the matter is properly addressed.  If a decision is reached that the matter should be turned over to University Police, a recommendation is given to the Senior Vice President for Finance & Business/ Treasurer for his or her concurrence. After the recommendation is accepted by the Senior Vice President for Finance & Business/ Treasurer the matter will be referred to the Assistant Vice President for University Police/Public Safety.

    When a report of misuse or theft of University assets or services is received directly by University Police, they shall have sole discretion as to how best to proceed with the investigation of the reported activity to ensure that the matter is appropriately and successfully addressed.

    EXCEPTIONS:

    Policy AD06, "Community Charity Solicitation of University Employees," outlines the specific exception for the use of services by a non-University entity.

    Reasonable personal phone calls and faxes may be permitted at the discretion of the budget executive or budget administrator, and if authorized, any tolls and extra charges must be reimbursed by the employee to the University budget charged for the initial service.

    Any other exception dealing with the offering of services would be for services not commercially available within the region of the campus. University departments may perform such services for non-University organizations or individuals only with written approval in advance from the Corporate Controller. (see also Policy AD15)

    USING UNIVERSITY ASSETS AWAY FROM THE UNIVERSITY:

    If any tangible asset is to leave University owned or leased locations, a Request for Authorization to Use University Tangible Assets at a Non-University Location form must be completed and approved by the budget executive. Upon return of the tangible asset to the originating department in good condition, a departmental representative must sign a closing copy of the form to evidence the return of the tangible asset.

    If the tangible asset is to leave University owned or leased locations for more than 30 days, and is individually tagged, Property Inventory must be notified. This notification must be via copy of the Request for Authorization to Use University Tangible Assets at a Non-University Location form. Also, upon return of the tangible asset to the originating department in good working order, a second copy of the Authorization form, signed by a second departmental representative indicating receipt, must be forwarded to Property Inventory.

    OTHER SITUATIONS:

    The Request for Authorization to Use University Tangible Assets at a Non-University Location form does not have to be completed, nor Property Inventory notified, if:

    1) The asset is being transported for relocation to another University location. If the relocation is to last from thirty days up to and including a year, then a Report of Temporary Relocation of Tangible Assets must be completed. If the relocation is to last more than one year, then a Report of Disposition or Permanent Transfer of Tangible Assets must be completed.

    2) The tangible asset is routinely used at a non-University location and the use is approved and documented (and reported to Property Inventory if tagged) by other means (e.g., the use of a University vehicle via "VRES," etc.).

    3) The use of the tangible asset is in response to an emergency situation risking life or property. However, if the situation extends to thirty days, a Report of Temporary Relocation of Tangible Assets must be processed.

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Corporate Controller.

    CROSS REFERENCES:

    Other Policies should also be referenced, especially:

    AD06 - Community Charity Solicitation of University Employees,

    AD15 - Fees and Charges For Facilities and Services,

    AD67 - Disclosure of Wrongful Conduct and Protection From Retaliation,

    RA12 - Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurial Activity (Faculty Research),

    HR35 - Public Service by Members of the Faculty and Staff,

    HR80 - Private Consulting Practice, and

    HR91 - Conflict of Interest.


    Effective Date: April 7, 2014
    Date Approved: April 7, 2014
    Date Published: April 7, 2014

    Most Recent Changes:

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