All assets purchased by or donated to the University are considered the property of the entire institution and not that of any individual person or budget unit. Unit administrators are directly accountable for the property assigned to their unit(s) and must make every effort to protect the institution's assets by observing the rules of prudent use. Further, unit administrators are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of property records and for notifying the appropriate office of any adjustments resulting from new acquisitions, the transfer of assets to another unit, or the disposal of surplus items. For the purposes of this policy, student organizations are considered budget units and bear full responsibility for property assigned to the group by the University.
Gallaudet University property is inventoried in accordance with the following classification criteria:
- Class A: Items of tangible personal property having a unit cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life expectancy of five years.
- Class B: Items of personal property acquired from the Federal Government, with the title to the property remaining with the Government.
- Class C: Items of tangible personal property which are leased or loaned to the University
- Class D: Items of tangible personal property which are gifts to the University and which are valued at $5,000 or more.
Definition: Computers (monitor, CPU, keyboard, or laptop) 4 years or older are considered obsolete with no intrinsic value.
Departments replacing obsolete computers have the option of sending the equipment to the Distribution Center to be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner, or the department may sell the obsolete computer to a full-time employee for $50. Departments selling obsolete computers must keep record of the serial numbers of pieces sold, name of buyer, amount paid, and date of transaction for audition purposes. Authorized buyers should obtain a receipt from the department establishing ownership. This transaction confirms that the obsolete computer has been sold and is no longer University property. This purchase option applies only to monitors, CPUs, keyboards, and laptops.
Surplus or obsolete property, other than computers sold to staff, is defined as items which are no longer functional within a budget unit. Surplus property is disposed of in accordance with the following priorities:
- Repair and/or restoration for use by another department in lieu of a new purchase
- Trade-in as redemption for cash value on a new purchase
- Sale to a student, faculty, teacher, or staff member by way of public sale
- Sale to an independent deaf group or organization
- Sale to used-equipment or scrap dealer
- Donation to charitable organization
- Scrap as having no value
The Distribution Center is responsible for the disposal of University property.
Generally, the institution's property is maintained and utilized on campus. University property, other than obsolete computers sold to full-time employees, may not be removed from the assigned budget unit or from campus without a properly authorized property pass form. These forms must be presented to the Department of Public Safety upon request. Property that is removed from campus may be used for institutionally sponsored or related purposes only. In no instance is Gallaudet property to be used for personal business or to perform work for another employer.
Any property issued or assigned to an employee must be returned upon termination. The unit administrator is responsible for ensuring that appropriate offices are notified of unreturned property. The employee must reimburse the University for any property not returned.
Employees of Gallaudet are responsible for promptly reporting any property loss to the Department of Public Safety.