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Operations Manual The University of Iowa

PART V. ADMINISTRATIVE, FINANCIAL, AND FACILITIES POLICIES

CHAPTER 12: EQUIPMENT AND PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE UNIVERSITY

(Amended 9/93; 10/94; 9/97; 9/99; 9/00; 10/03; 6/04; 7/05; 3/06; 11/06; 3/07; 4/08; 1/09; 2/11; 4/14)
12.1 General
12.2 Definition of Equipment
12.3 Title to Equipment
12.4 Equipment Screening and Purchase
12.5 Equipment Acquisition, Disposition, and Transfer
12.6 Addition of Equipment for Incoming Faculty
12.7 Addition of Federally Titled Equipment
12.8 Title Transfer of University Equipment for Departing Faculty
12.9 Reporting Loss, Theft, or Destruction of Property
12.10 Private Use of Public Property
12.11 Library Books
12.12 Off-Campus Use of Property
12.13 Works of Art
12.14 Equipment Capitalized as Part of Construction Project
12.15 Equipment Inventory Reporting Requirements
12.16 Equipment Tagging

12.1 GENERAL.
(Amended 1/09)

The University is required to have policies and procedures in place to comply with state and federal property management standards. This chapter describes the general policies and procedures established by the University to comply with those standards and provides guidance to faculty and staff on the various aspects of equipment management. More information concerning specific operating procedures can be found at the following Capital Assets Management website: http://cam.fo.uiowa.edu.
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12.2 DEFINITION OF EQUIPMENT.
(Amended 7/05; 3/06; 1/09; 4/14)

The Federal Government defines equipment as an item of non-expendable, tangible personal property, having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the recipient organization for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. Since the University's definition of equipment must conform to the federal government definition, it has established a capitalization level of $5,000 and a useful life of more than one year (including fabricated equipment) for all departments. Purchased and internally developed software have capitalization thresholds of $500,000 as set by the State of Iowa in compliance with updated accounting standards.

For assets that are funded by more than one funding source, the asset will be capitalized and depreciated based on the total cost basis.

Each item of equipment acquired will be assigned a serially numbered University tag. Non-capitalized items (valued at less than the appropriate University threshold) may be identified with an unnumbered tag furnished by Capital Assets Management. These tags will be marked "Property of The University of Iowa." University equipment that is federally titled must also be tagged with a government label that indicates federal ownership and the applicable federal agency.
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12.3 TITLE TO EQUIPMENT.
All equipment purchased or otherwise acquired by the University for the conduct of activities related to its mission is considered University property upon acquisition unless otherwise noted. Specific exceptions to this policy include equipment furnished to the University by the federal government for use on federally sponsored projects, equipment purchased for use on federal contracts, and other equipment loaned or contracted to the University by public or private entities. The University may request the transfer of accountability for federally titled equipment to other federal projects once the original project has been completed or it may request outright title to the equipment if the equipment continues to be utilized for similar activities. The Grant Accounting Office, B5 Jessup Hall, should be contacted for instructions when a department wishes to transfer accountability or request outright title to federally titled equipment.
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12.4 EQUIPMENT SCREENING AND PURCHASE.
(Amended 1/09)

In order to maximize University resources, departments are asked to avoid the purchase of items of scientific equipment that are currently accessible, available, and suitable for sharing. An item of scientific equipment would not be considered suitable for sharing if the nature of the scientific problems being addressed and/or the time schedules indicated in the scope of work under a sponsored project require the dedicated use of the equipment item throughout the life of the project. The University's equipment inventory system contains information on the make, model number, location, and custodian of scientific equipment that may be searched for a needed item of scientific equipment deemed suitable for sharing.

Departments and colleges submitting applications for external project funding that contain equipment requests are asked to certify that, to the best of their knowledge, no comparable piece of equipment is available for use in conducting the proposed project activities. A similar statement appears on equipment requisitions that are forwarded to Purchasing for approval and processing. Departmental and/or collegiate approval of an equipment requisition is deemed evidence that appropriate measures have been taken to assure the purchase is necessary and that the funds for the purchase are appropriate. (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense agencies may require that equipment costing in excess of $5,000 go through an agency screening process prior to purchase. Departments acquiring equipment under agreements with these agencies should contact the Grant Accounting Office for instructions.)

All equipment purchased by the University for the conduct of activities related to its mission must follow the procurement policies and procedures outlined in the Purchasing Policy and Procedures Guide.
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12.5 EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION, AND TRANSFER.
(Amended 3/07)

Since the University acquires and disposes of equipment on a daily basis, it is necessary to employ standard operating procedures when processing the various types of acquisitions, dispositions, and transfers.

The responsibility for providing Capital Assets Management with all required information for individual equipment inventory records lies with the department initiating the acquisition, disposition, or transfer of the equipment item(s). When submitting a requisition, departments must include the tag number(s) of any asset(s) being traded in. Federally titled assets require disposition to be received prior to the asset being valid for trade-in (see V-12.3 and V-12.13c below). For other types of acquisitions, as well as for dispositions and transfers, Capital Assets Management has designed several forms to record the required information. These forms and the instructions for their completion are available at the following website: http://cam.fo.uiowa.edu/content/forms-and-instructions.
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12.6 ADDITION OF EQUIPMENT FOR INCOMING FACULTY.
The responsibility of accounting for the addition of equipment to the University lies with the departmental executive officer of the incoming faculty member's department. The Additions Request form and the detailed instructions for implementing such an addition may be obtained from Capital Assets Management or are available at the following website: http://cam.fo.uiowa.edu/content/forms-and-instructions.
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12.7 ADDITION OF FEDERALLY TITLED EQUIPMENT.

12.8 TITLE TRANSFER OF UNIVERSITY EQUIPMENT FOR DEPARTING FACULTY.
The responsibility of accounting for the transfer of equipment from the University lies with the departmental executive officer of departing faculty member's department. The Title Transfer of University Equipment form and the detailed instructions for implementing such a transfer may be obtained from Capital Assets Management or are available at the following website: http://cam.fo.uiowa.edu/content/forms-and-instructions.
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12.9 REPORTING LOSS, THEFT, OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.
(Amended 2/11)

12.10 PRIVATE USE OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.
(8/85; 11/06)

No public officer, deputy, or employee of the state or any governmental subdivision thereof, having charge or custody of any automobile, machinery, equipment, or any other property owned by the state or a governmental subdivision of the state, shall use or operate the same or permit the same to be used or operated for any private purpose (IC 721.2). In addition, no public officer, deputy, or employee of the State of Iowa or any governmental subdivision thereof shall, either directly or indirectly, make use of the purchasing power of the State of Iowa or said governmental sub-division for any private purpose. (See also II-18.1d(5) Conflict of Interest.)
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12.11 LIBRARY BOOKS.
Library books are catalogued in the University Library where detailed records of the book inventory are maintained. The libraries furnish Capital Assets Management with annual reports for proper update to the central assets records. The annual report from the Main Library and the Law Library must be provided on a timely basis and will include the annual expenditures for collection additions by fund, the amount of gifts-in-kind, the number of volumes added, the number of volumes withdrawn (lost, destroyed, etc.). Capital Assets Management will post the library collection additions and withdrawals to the asset management system for reporting to the University's Annual Financial Report. All negotiations leading to gifts and bequests of such materials must be submitted to the University Librarian before commitments are made. (See also V-1.2.)
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12.12 OFF-CAMPUS USE OF PROPERTY.

12.13 WORKS OF ART.

12.14 EQUIPMENT CAPITALIZED AS PART OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.
(4/08)

The University of Iowa has an equipment capitalization threshold of $5,000 for all individual asset purchases. However, an exception to this policy exists when equipment is acquired as a component of a construction project. In these situations equipment items below the University's capitalization threshold of $5,000 that are part of the building project are grouped (bundled) together with other similar asset classifications and capitalized in the University's capital asset management system.

12.15 EQUIPMENT INVENTORY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

12.16 EQUIPMENT TAGGING.
(6/04)

The physical tagging of capitalized equipment is the responsibility of any department acquiring equipment to be capitalized. Capital Assets Management will assign tag numbers for such acquisitions and will send tags to either a designated department representative, to the custodian if appropriately noted by the department, or to the requestor noted on the requisition. Departments must tag assets in cooperation with Capital Assets Management and verify various information, e.g., serial number, model number, custodian, location, etc.

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