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Revenue Producing Activity (RPA)

Activity: Revenue Producing Activity (RPA)
Financial Policy: FIN-TRE-VI-121, Establishing and Modifying Revenue Producing Activities (RPA)
FIN-TRE-VI-120, Processing Revenue
Related Policies:

Conflicts of Commitment
Conflicts of Interest
Purchasing Policies
FIN-TRE-VI-110, Accepting Electronic Payments
FIN-ACC-I-370, Fund Balance in Recharge Centers
FIN-ACC-I-400, Formula for Setting Recharge Center Rates
FIN-ACC-I-410, Recharge Center Transfers
Intellectual Property Policy
FIN-TRE-VI-90, External Agency Agreements

Additional Forms:

Things to Know:

  • Must be consistent with the mission of the university and the mission of the specific organization.
  • Applies to internal and external sales activities.
  • Definition of revenue producing activities (RPA) – Revenue is generated from sale of products and/or services provided by the university or university employees.
  • Excludes all sponsored programs.
  • External sales – An exchange by the university of tangible or intangible products and/or services with external customers for monetary consideration. Does not pay for the goods or services from an IU account.
  • Sales revenue may exceed expenses. Excludes – technology transfer, license and trademark agreements.
  • Internal sales – The sale of goods or services by one university department to another department within the university and to sales within a department. Limited to break-even basis. Transactions use an
  • Internal/Service Billing or batch process.
  • Must be approved by campus business officer.
  • Revenues produced must remain in university accounts and use appropriate object codes.
  • Governed by Indiana State Law and university Conflict of Interest Policy.
    Contacts:
    BL - Rozzie Gerstman 5-1123
    UA - Joan Hagen 6-2548
  • Procedures:
    a.  Schedule a preliminary review meeting/discussion with the campus business officer before commencing with the following steps in establishing an RPA account;
    b.  Complete an RPA Questionnaire;
    c.  Create a business plan;
    d.  If a recharge center, prepare a schedule of rate calculations for the operation;
    e.  Submit the questionnaire, business plan, completed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement, if applicable, and any supporting paperwork to the campus business officer for approval.
  • Additional cross references:
    Program Income Notice 006
    Internal Billings to Sponsored Projects Notice 003
    IU Copyright Center

CATS Presentation related to this activity: NEW Online RPAQ System

Training: Revenue Producing Training