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602 - Inventory Management

Legal References: Minnesota State Board Policy 7.3.6

A physical inventory of fixed assets - defined as a unit with a base cost equal to or greater than $10000.00 - is completed each year. Each Department within the College is accountable for its fixed assets and equipment. Movement of property or disposal of property  requires prior notification to the Business Office. The College will comply with Minnesota State Policy 5.14 Procurement and Contracts.

Inventory Management Procedure

Each department is responsible for equipment assigned to it to ensure its proper use and security. To help with this, a physical inventory of the College's fixed assets is completed annually. An inventory of all equipment will be completed every three years.

Physical Inventory

  • Each department receives a report of all equipment assigned to their area. Equipment location is recorded according to room number. Departments will locate and document equipment on the report and return to the Business Office. Upon request, inventory reports are available for ongoing monitoring of equipment.  
  • A spot check of inventory will be conducted by the Business Office annually; assistance may be necessary to locate equipment.
  • Equipment that is unaccounted for will be documented on the Stolen, Lost, Damaged or Recovered Property Report and signed by a supervisor. The Report will be kept on file in the Business Office for review by Minnesota State officials upon request.

Asset Tag 

  • For fixed assets, an asset tag is assigned and used in tracking inventory. At time of purchase, the Business Office determines whether or not a numbered asset tag is to be issued. If so, the tag number is recorded on the purchase order and on the Fixed Asset Number Assignment Record Form.  
  • The Fixed Asset Number Assignment Record form along with the asset tag is delivered to Information Technology and/or Maintenance. Upon delivery/receipt of the equipment from the vendor, and before delivering to the recipient, the Information Technology or Maintenance department will affix the numbered asset tag where it can easily be seen. Pertinent information is then entered on the Fixed Asset Number Assignment Record form and returned to the Business Office. 

Movement and Disposal of Equipment

  • If a department decides to relocate or dispose of equipment, prior to doing so, the Fixed Asset Disposal/Movement Form must be completed and submitted to the Business Office. The form should indicate the plans for it per guidance that follows.  
  • If equipment is no longer wanted by a department and is deemed to have only scrap value, it can be moved to a central location by indicating that on the form. The exception is vehicles or large items that require special handling.
  • Equipment deemed to have a value can:
    • be moved to a central location.
    • be offered to another Minnesota State agency and will be done via e-mail by the Business Office.
    • be sold to the general public. Sale to the general public, with the approval of the Vice President of Finance and Administration, will be done by garage sale, competitive bid process or auction. The competitive bid process requires a minimum of three bids.
    • be used as a trade-in. Trade-in requires approval of the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
  • Property tags must be removed and returned to the Business Office when equipment is disposed of.

Donated Equipment

The Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation will handle the acceptance of all donations. Donated equipment may have stipulation requirements for usage and disposal imposed by the donor. Contact the Business Office to determine any conditions/stipulations.

Other Information

The original value of equipment may be upgraded. A "betterment" is an add-on or a replacement component with a value that is at least $10,000 more than the value of the original equipment. This information will be tracked in the inventory report. 

Approved: June 17, 1997
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 28, 2010; October 31, 2013


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