FAQs About Asset Management and UB SWAP

  • I saw some equipment in the hallway with a “Disposal Form” on it. Can I take it home?

    No. This equipment, even though it may be in “scrap” condition, belongs to the University at Buffalo and must be disposed of by University Facilities.

  • My chair is broken and I have just received a new one. Can I put my old chair in the hallway or loading dock for disposal?

    Equipment may not be placed in hallways, loading docks, or other common areas; this is a violation of fire and safety codes. As noted above, complete a Disposal Form and send to Asset Management.

  • My printer no longer works. Can I just throw it in the wastebasket?

    Assets may not be thrown in the waste basket; equipment is UB property. Complete a Disposal Form indicating the asset number if there is one, serial number, and location of the asset.  UB Facilities works with a scrap metal recycler and all aspects of the items which can be recycled are utilized. Read about how to remove data and clean your computer for recycling.

  • When I review my inventory, I can’t find some of the assets. What should I do?

    On your inventory database, write the word “unaccountable” in the designated excel column. After your inventory is updated in the RAM, Asset Management will generate a report of all assets noted as unaccountable. The report will be sent to you, asking for your review. If the asset still cannot be found, a memo (on departmental stationery) signed by the department head should be sent to Asset Management. The memo should indicate that all efforts to locate the asset(s) have been exhausted and that your department is asking Asset Management to remove the asset(s) from your inventory.

  • I recently received a new copier. Can I give my old copier to someone else in my building?

    Yes, but you will need to complete an Inventory Data Change Form and send it to Asset Management. We will make the changes to your inventory, updating the new department, location, and new end-user.

  • If I sell a state asset, but I receive payment to a Research Foundation award, does this change the ownership of this asset?

    The asset remains a state asset in the RAM. Selling it to another department on campus does not change how the asset was originally acquired. However, the department acquiring the asset will need to inform Asset Management of its new location, end user, and department.

  • I don’t see the category I am looking for listed, what do I do?

    To request a new category or subcategory, please send an email to Asset Management.

  • My item has a price. How do I ensure payment for the item?

    Arrange for payment to be made to listing department via an Interdepartmental Invoice (IDI) if appropriate for your circumstances.

  • What if no one wants the items I have posted?

    Items NOT transferred/sold continue to be the responsibility of the listing party.  If no one is interested in the listed items after 90 days, the listing party should then follow the Equipment Disposal guidelines.

  • If someone interested in listing an item, what do I need to do?

    1. Completely fill out the item profile.

    2. If the item is a computer, be sure all files have been deleted from the hard drive.

    3. Negotiate transfer/sale with prospective department.

    4. If the item is recorded on your departmental inventory, make sure you have a signed receipt as your proof of transfer listing all asset numbers. Below is a sample receipt.   Also, be sure to send a Data Change Form to Asset Management to update your inventory.

    Sample Receipt

    Date ___________

    The following asset was transferred by department account number___________
    to the Department of ______________, Inventory account number ________________.

    Asset # ___________________

    Serial # ___________________

    Description _____________________________________________________________

    Name and Phone # of Person transferring ___________________________________

    Name and Phone # of Person receiving ______________________________________

  • My item has an asset number. How do I update my inventory?

    If the item is equipment recorded in the RAM, fill out an Inventory Data Change Form identifying the asset number(s) and noting new account number, building and room number, along with new end user. Forward the completed form by email to Asset Management or mail to 418 Crofts Hall. Also, be sure you have a signed receipt as your proof of transfer listing all asset numbers.

  • How do I get the items to the office that wants them?

    Campus departments using SWAP should arrange with University Facilities, Customer Service, for pick-up and delivery.  Their phone number is 645-2025.  Neither the Helm Building nor Asset Management can assist with the pick-up or delevery of items. 

  • For how long will my item be posted?

    All listings are posted for a maximum of 90 days.  The listing party may elect a shorter timeframe.

  • How do I dispose of hazardous materials?

    For information on the disposal of hazardous materials, please contact UB Environment, Health & Safety, 829-2401. 

  • What should I do if I want an item?

    Negotiate the transfer or sale with prospective department and arrange with University Facilities, Customer Service at 645-2025 (if necessary) to pick up and deliver item(s) to new location.  Neither the Helm Building nor Asset Management will be able to help you with this.

  • How do I inquire about a particular listing?

    Replies and inquiries regarding listings should be emailed directly to the submitter of the listing.  Do not contact Asset Management for information regarding a specific listing as they will not be able to help you with this.


  • Can I leave my items in the hallway until someone wants them?

    No items may be left in the hallway.  See the “Corridor Use Policy” at Environment, Health & Safety’s website, at ehs.buffalo.edu.

  • How long will my item remain on the site once it has closed?

    An item will remain on the website for five additional days once it is closed or expired.  This will allow the listing party to re-open the listing for another 90 days, if desired.

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