Property Management Policy & Procedure Manual
Section 1000: Equipment Inventory Record Keeping
Effective: 07/01/1971
Revised: 05/16/2016


OSU must maintain property control records for all active, missing, and retired capital equipment on the property control system as required by federal and state regulations. Departments must notify Fixed Assets Property Management of any changes to Capital Equipment that requires the updating of an asset's record. 

Departmental Equipment Managers are responsible for maintaining the completeness and accuracy of their department's inventory records and must update them when a change occurs.  Discrepancies between the asset record and the actual asset must be corrected when identified.

In order for the Departmental Equipment Manager to discharge her/his responsibilities effectively, department heads, departmental users, and principal investigators must supply her/him with the necessary information in a timely manner.  Inventory changes should be discussed with the Equipment Manager before they occur, rather than after the fact.  Employees should be responsive to requests for information from the department's Equipment Manager and from Fixed Assets Property Management. The efforts to keep accurate inventory records help maintain a department's eligibility for insurance coverage and sponsored research funding.

Updating an Asset Record

Changes   Departments Must:
Corrections: Notify Fixed Assets Property Management of any discrepancies in the asset record. Discrepancies may occur in the equipment's description, model number, serial number, condition or percent of time available for sharing.
Responsibility: Notify Fixed Assets Property Management of any changes that occur in the personal accountability of the equipment.  This may be communicated via email, phone call, in person, or on a Fixed Asset Transfer form (FATF) to change the "PI".
Location:   Notify Fixed Assets Property Management of any change in the equipment's location.  Departmental Equipment Managers who do not update the asset records each time equipment moves should keep internal records that enable them to locate their equipment between updates.  In the event of an audit, if an asset cannot be found at the inventory location, the Departmental Equipment Manager will be asked to locate the asset.
Transfers:  Notify Fixed Assets Property Management when equipment is transferred to another department (See PRO 805: Transfer of Equipment) using the Fixed Asset Transfer form (FATF).
Functionality:  Notify Fixed Assets Property Management when the equipment becomes non-functional and is beyond repair.  Submit a Property Disposition Request (PDR) form to Property Management to remove the asset from inventory.
  • Fixed Assets Property Management must retain records, including email, of all requests that correct or update an asset record. 
  • Departments - See PRO 1001: Inventory Records & Retention Periods