A Service Center provides goods and services primarily to other University departments for established fees. The costs of these goods and/or services are charged directly to internal and external users based on established billing rates and actual usage of services.
Note the examples on the right with the following types of services and fees:
- Biological Resource Facility – charges for a variety of analytical services
- Chemistry Supply Room – charges for sale and use of chemicals
- LAR: Lab Animal Research Facility – charges for care of lab animals
- Pulstar Reactor Service – bills for use of the Nuclear Reactor
A Service Center is NOT…
Even though the names are similar, a Service Center is not the same as a “University Center” here on our campus. A University Center, which is often referred to as a “Center” on campus, has a different definition and purpose from “Service Centers” described in this section. The University Centers are organized units designed to facilitate interdisciplinary activity in any university mission (instruction, research, outreach).
A University Center may also include one or more Service Centers operating within the University Center. For example, we have a University Center on campus called the “Center for Earth Observation” which encompasses many activities and funding sources such as contracts and grants, foundations, gifts, etc. This Center for Earth Observation also has an established Service Center that charges approved use rates for their lab services. The Service Center is just one of the many activities operating under the umbrella of the University Center.