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Green Tag Equipment

Guidelines for handling University owned (green tag) equipment is described below. Note that all equipment is subject to University Policy 19.054: Equipment Inventory Control.

Questions about the procedures detailed below, as well as all forms, should be sent to finance.equipmentinventory@ohio.edu.


Receipt of New Equipment

  • When received directly in the using department from the supplier, the Equipment Inventory Office will locate and tag the equipment.
  • Equipment received as gifts through the Ohio University Foundation (OUF) are to be tagged with the assistance of the recipient's department contact. The necessary information required for the inventory records will be determined by OUF and the department. If your department has received gifts that are not on your inventory listing please notify Equipment Inventory. Gifts have the same criteria for tagging as any equipment purchased. It is important they are recorded in the financial year they were received.

Tagging of New Equipment

The tag number assigned to a piece of equipment serves as the central mechanism for establishing a unit record in the inventory control system. Each record must contain the following information on the item:

  • Person to whom the equipment is assigned
  • Description of equipment
  • Serial or manufacturer identification number
  • Original cost
  • Purchase order number (if applicable)
  • Acquisition date
  • Disposition date
  • Category
  • Department to which equipment is assigned
  • Location (building and room number)

Changes in Status of Equipment, Maintenance, and Disposition

Changes in the status of equipment must be reported to Finance by the department that is accountable for the equipment. The Equipment Status Change form (Excel) should be used for this purpose. Status changes are to be reported as they occur and will be reported to sponsor agencies as needed. Examples of status changes include:

  • Stolen
  • Scrapped (i.e., sent to Campus Recycling)
  • Traded in
  • Returned to vendor
  • Transferred to another department or responsible person
  • Relocated to a different room or building

All equipment that is considered surplus is to be disposed of by contacting Moving and Surplus

Equipment owned by the University may be removed from campus only with the permission of the department head. Equipment taken off-campus must be under the supervision of an employee of the University. A Request to take Equipment Off-Campus form (Excel) must be filled out and a copy sent to the Equipment Inventory Office prior to taking equipment off campus, and again when the equipment is returned.

Biennium Inventory

Every two years, the Equipment Inventory Office will e-mail each department contact advising on the process for auditing equipment. This will occur as soon as possible after March 31 or September 30. The list is to be verified by the department and all corrections reported to the Equipment Inventory Office on an Equipment Status Change form. The certification accompanying the e-mail must be signed by the department head and returned with the list of changes.

Please see Biennial Certification for more information.


Equipment inventories will be periodically audited by both State auditors and University accounting personnel. Therefore, it is imperative that all transactions affecting movable equipment be properly recorded.