Supporting Departments

Business and Finance includes several finance and academic support units. These units include: the Office of the Controller, Financial Services, Internal Audit, Office of Investments, Purchasing, Receiving, Stores & Mail (PRSM), Resource Management Systems and Resource Planning. Please read below for detailed information and links to their web sites.

Office of the Controller
The Office of the Controller has the following functions:
* Issuing the University's annual financial report
* Providing internal management reports for the colleges and departments
* Maintaining the General Ledger
* Managing the University's equipment inventory and its disposal
* Training university staff in fiscal policies and procedures
* Monitoring the University's tax compliance
* Providing fiscal analysis in support of the University's facilities and administrative cost rates for research
* Performing all accounts payable functions for the central University
Office of Financial Services
The Office of Financial Services has combined the offices of Fees and Deposits, Student Loan Services and Accounts Receivable to be the Office of the University Bursar. The Bursar bills and collects tuition, fees, campus housing, and other university-related charges. The office also invoices third-party agencies, audits OSU student accounts, processes student refunds, oversees University and Perkins/Health Professions promissory notes and exit interviews. The office is responsible for university accounts receivable collection activities for both University departments and Perkins/Health Profession loans.
Internal Audit
Effective controls provide deans, department chairpersons, college and academic- support unit fiscal officers, central offices, and the Board of Trustees with reasonable assurance that institutional objectives have been achieved through sound financial management. Internal Audit is available to assist departments with financial/operational audits, information systems audits and compliance with established procedures and laws.
Purchasing, Stores, Receiving and Mail
University Purchasing leverages the institution's buying power to develop strategic relationships with suppliers and implements cost-effective contracts. Their expertise ensures that procurement decisions will be made in the best interest of the university and in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

The Stores department offers multiple goods and services, including storage, office supplies, janitorial supplies, lab supplies, cylinder gases, and special mix reagents – just to name a few.

The Receiving and Mail Services Department administers receipt, delivery and mail functions on behalf of the University Community.
Resource Management Systems / Resource Planning
Resource Management Systems / Resource Planning coordinates long range planning and development of the budget for The Ohio State University including alternative strategies to maximize resource availability; coordinates data for Board of Regents' subsidy model; and provides management information analyses from University data bases and performs special studies using these data.
Risk Management and Insurance
Enterprise Risk Management provides a formal and continuous process to identify, assess, prioritize and manage risk exposures and opportunities across the institution.