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October 10, 2019
Southwest Airlines - Ohio University Preferred Airline Announces Discount Fares

We are excited to announce that SOUTHWEST AIRLINES is the newest addition to our Travel Program! The University has entered into a discount agreement with Southwest Airlines that provides a 3% or better discount rate for flights originating from one of the following Ohio airports and is based on the type of fare you purchase:

October 10, 2019
Reminders about Oracle eBiz Approval Notifications
In Oracle eBiz, we use workflow approvals to process both Absence Management and ICD (Individual Compensation Distribution) transactions.  If you currently approve these types of transactions, you may want or need to make arrangements to handle your notifications while you are away from the office.  You can setup Vacation Rules to ...
October 10, 2019
Distributed Journal Entry

As discussed in the July BU$INE$$ MATTER$, Distributed Journal Entry, is a process that allows campus users to prepare and upload journal entries to Oracle Ebiz.  The process uses an Excel-based journal entry template that is populated, by the user, with the lines of a journal entry.  The Excel template is available to campus from the Finance Forms webpage.

October 10, 2019
Credit Card Processing and PCI Compliance

Data breaches are scary. They can happen at any time, to any business you trust. While we cannot foresee an attack on Ohio University, we are obligated to take steps to protect our customers.

The major credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB) created PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance standards to protect personal information and ensure security when transactions are processed using a payment card. PCI compliance is mandatory for every merchant (i.e. department/location) that accepts credit or debit card payments. Departments may think of PCI compliance as an Information Technology or Treasury issue, when in reality it is the responsibility of every department that accepts credit cards.

October 10, 2019
New Purchasing Policy

Policy 55.030, “Purchasing” has been approved by the Executive Staff Policy Committee and is posted to the Policy Manual. The policy number is new and consolidates the following policies:

  • Policy 55.003, "Purchasing Authority: Vendor Selection, Personal Purchases, Land and Building Acquisition, Conflict-of-Interest"
  • Policy 55.012, "Purchasing - Direct Payment"
  • Policy 55.031, "Purchasing - Radioactive Materials, Narcotics, Hazardous Materials, Animals, and Tax-Free Alcohol"
  • Policy 55.040, "Purchasing - Receipt of Items: Notifications, Damages, Shortages, Returns"
  • Policy 55.060, "Purchasing - Blanket Purchase Orders”
September 24, 2019
OBI Dashboard Updates

OBI Dashboard changes were deployed on the evening of September 17.  These changes deliver some new functionality that further enhance our existing dashboards and include drilldowns to supporting detail in other modules. 

September 24, 2019
Concur Default Cost Centers

On September 18th, a new OBI dashboard was deployed to provide planning units with access to the Concur default cost center information that they’ve established for their employees.  Concur is a third party software product, and every night we feed HR updates from eBiz to Concur via an integration.  If there is an error in the employee’s data being transmitted, Concur will not update anything about the employee.

August 15, 2019
OHIO Travel highlights for fall semester

As the Fall 2019 semester kicks off, we wanted to share information and resources available for the University travel program that was implemented on April 1, 2019. Since many of the travel arrangements for summer had already been made at that time of implementation, this is simply a refresher for those that may be using the new program for the first time at some point during FY2020.

July 11, 2019
OBI General Ledger Balances for FY20

During the months of July & August some of your accounts might reflect an incorrect balance.  If you had a Beginning Balance loaded into your account for FY19, that FY19 Beginning Balance is currently loaded in your account in FY20.  This is not the FY20 Beginning Fund Balance. This fund balance will not be changed to reflect correct FY20 Beginning Fund Balances until the rollforward of balances from FY19 to FY20 happens after we close June on August 9.  One of the main areas that you will notice this incorrect balance on is within Foundation accounts that had Beginning Fund Balances in FY19.  If you have questions on Foundation accounts please contact Candice Casto, castoc@ohio.edu,  for other accounts please contact Kris Sano, sanok@ohio.edu.