All assets purchased with state, Research Foundation (RF) or UB Foundation (UBF) funds become the property of the University at Buffalo. Consult the UB's Managing University Assets Policy for the exact procedures for all asset management.
UB is required by New York State, SUNY and RF to record assets that have a value greater than $5,000, are not consumable and have a probable life expectancy of one or more years. This includes machinery, vehicles and apparatus.
This does NOT include:
All newly purchased equipment items costing $5,000 or more and sponsor-defined equipment must be reported to Asset Management using the New Asset Form (NAF).
UB Asset Management must receive the NAF within 30 days to be in compliance with audit requirements.
UB identification tags should be placed on high-risk equipment items costing less than $5,000 that are not included in the RAM, regardless of funding source (state, RF, or UBF). High-risk items include, but are not limited to, laptop computers, cameras, projectors, and items removed from campus. A Property Removal Authorization Form must be completed for all items removed from campus.
The responsibility for tagging items under $5,000 lies with the department to which the asset belongs. Contact Asset Management if you need additional tags.
Departments are required to periodically spot-check high-risk items costing less than $5,000 to verify their existence and condition. Departments are encouraged to keep an inventory of tagged high-risk items to assist with this periodic review. High-risk items should be reviewed annually.
The title for items purchased with state funds belongs with the state, therefore, it is important to note funding entity and, or sponsor policy regarding title or ownership when split funding of an item is considered.
If any amount of state funds (even as little as $1) is used to purchase equipment, title belongs to the state and will be recorded in the RAM as state equipment with a notation in the description specifying the dollar portion contributed by UBF.
Purchases may be split between RF and UBF only if the sponsor or donor allows title to the equipment to ultimately vest with the RF. If title must belong to the sponsor, the purchase may not be split.
All gifts that meet the monetary requirement of assets recorded on Inventory will be reported to Asset Management by the UB Foundation. Proposed gifts and bequests to the University at Buffalo should be initially reviewed to determine that any restrictions or limitations governing the gift or bequest can be met by the university. When an item is being gifted to your department, contact your department’s development officer to complete the Gifts of Personal Property form. The form must be signed by the donor and an authorized representative for the department of the University at Buffalo that is receiving the gift of personal property
The following information must be forwarded to UBF:
State assets cannot be traded for Research Foundation or UB Foundation equipment or supplies.
Sponsor approval must be obtained prior to generating an eReq.
Equipment can be traded in for equipment or supplies. When trading equipment, it must be done using eReq to generate a purchase order. When completing the eReq, in the notes section, indicate the traded-equipment’s:
When Asset Management receives their copy of the purchase order (PO), it will be noted that you are trading-in equipment. They will retire the old equipment from your inventory at that time.
When assets are constructed by assembling materials and parts that are purchased from several purchase orders, it is the department's or Principal Investigator's responsibility to notify Asset Management of the existence of the asset. A listing of the purchase orders used to purchase parts used to assemble the asset must be emailed to Asset Management. If the assets were purchased with Research Foundation funding, approval from the sponsor and a cost transfer request may be required.
Upon request, the Research Foundation offers insurance coverage for equipment purchased for and, or with sponsored program funds. The yearly premium rate is approximately 1% of the value of the item and is usually an allowable charge against the grant. This insurance covers loss from theft, fire, vandalism and explosion and carries a deductible for each claim. Please note that your equipment is not automatically insured; you must specifically request such coverage. Email the purchasing agent and copy Asset Management, on your equipment insurance request. Please list the purchase order and asset number of the equipment for which the insurance is requested.
All University property whether it is recorded on Inventory or not, that is removed by faculty and staff for work related functions, must be identified on a Property Removal Authorization Form. Assets transported back and forth (such as laptop computers) on a continuous basis must also be identified on a Property Removal Authorization Form. Read the UB’s policy Managing University Equipment for further information, including these steps:
The borrower is responsible for:
The Departmental Asset Coordinator is responsible for:
Asset Management is responsible for:
Updating the location of all assets in the Real Asset Management System (RAM) based on the information provided by the Departmental Inventory Coordinator.
When a Principal Investigator is leaving the University at Buffalo and wishes to transfer sponsored awards and/or items purchased with grant funds to another institution, Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) should be contacted to discuss the transfer. All university approvals must be obtained before items may be transferred.
The Principal Investigator will:
Asset Management will:
Transfers between state agencies (i.e., SUNY) are permitted. Asset Management should be notified in advance of any intended transfer to/from another state agency, and they will coordinate the transfer.
When faculty or staff leave the University at Buffalo and wish to transfer items purchased with state funds to another state agency, Asset Management should be contacted to discuss the transfer. Items purchased with state funds may be transferred only to another state agency.
The faculty or staff member will:
Asset Management will:
When faculty or staff leave the University at Buffalo and wish to transfer items purchased with UBF funds to another institution, UBF should be contacted to discuss the transfer. All university approvals must be obtained before items may be transferred.
The faculty or staff member will:
Asset Management will:
Assets purchased with state funds are prohibited from being sold by the university. Please refer to the disposal page for options to remove university assets that are no longer of use to your department.
Assets purchased with RF or UBF funds may only be sold when prior approval is obtained to confirm the sale is allowed per terms of the award or sponsor and approval is obtained from the Chair and Dean.
Contact Asset Management for further information on this process prior to pursuing any sale of university assets.
When an asset is suspected of being stolen, contact the University Police. They will send an investigator who will obtain all of the necessary data on the missing property and the circumstances surrounding its disappearance. The investigator will need to know the asset number, description, manufacturer, model, serial number and cost. If the asset is recorded on the inventory, the data should be readily available even through the asset itself is unavailable for personal inspection. A copy of the investigator's report will be sent to Asset Management, Financial Management and depending on the value, SUNY. Asset Management will then retire the asset from your inventory.
Per Federal guidelines an inventory review must be performed by the university within a time period no greater than two years. Asset Management will email the inventory listing to the department asset coordinators with instructions on how to complete the inventory and the time frame required for its completion. Cooperation and priority must be placed on the inventory review to ensure compliance with Federal guidelines and yearly audits that are performed. The university’s standing in the research community is based on the results of these audits. Further information on the annual inventory requirements may be directed to the Asset Management team.
Within the Procurement dashboard of SIRI there is an inventory tab which includes all assets recorded in the Inventory system for a department based on the inventory account. The inventory account used is a state account and used solely for recording purposes and does not reflect the funding for which the item was purchased. Access to SIRI data is based on financial data access.
Asset numbers are assigned as followed:
03XNNNNNNN (03X with all numbers) state assets
03XNNNNNRF (03X with RF at end) Research Foundation assets
03XNNNNNUB (03X with UB at end) University at Buffalo Foundation assets