Definitions

Service Center – Departments or functional units which perform specific technical or administrative services for the benefit of other units within the University.   Service centers include university-wide recharge centers, departmental recharge centers, and specialized service facilities.

  • University wide recharge centers – are operated by the University (centrally supported) to provide services to both the University and possibly the non university community.  Some examples include printing services, fleet services, etc.
     
  • Departmental recharge centers – normally operate within an academic division or department and provide support to that division or department.  They usually do not have a high dollar volume.  Some examples would include small copy centers or stores used only by that department.
     
  • Specialized service facilities (SSF) – is defined in circular A-21 section J47 as “highly complex or specialized facilities”.  These are often organizations that are focused on research or academic activities, have sales to Federally sponsored accounts, and do not necessarily market to the entire University.  There may be cases where a center is not highly complex in nature but would be considered an SSF based on a consistent level of annual Federal revenue greater than $25,000.  Some examples of SSFs would include animal facilities, specialized equipment centers, specialized computing services, core facilities, etc.