Surplus property procedures

  • Special considerations for certain types of property
  • Computer/electronic surplus property
  • Furniture surplus property
  • General surplus property

Special considerations for certain types of property

  • It is the department's responsibility to confirm that any Equipment Trust Fund (ETF) asset going through the surplus property process is eligible for sale. Surplus property takes no responsibility in this matter.
  • Policy PRM-016: Surplus Property Disposal must be followed when releasing UVA Capital Equipment (Fixed Assets) to another institution outside the Commonwealth.

The following links below provide additional information:

Computer/electronic surplus property

All computer/electronic surplus property must be disposed of through the University's contract vendor, eCycleSecure, by submitting an online Computer/Electronic Surplus Form to allow eCycleSecure to dispose of the property. These items must be disposed of immediately - do not hold items indefinitely and delay the start of the surplus process. If you would like to use another method to transfer or dispose of computer/electronic surplus, you must contact UVA Information Security for approval.

The following items MUST be considered as "computer/electronic surplus" regardless of working condition:

  • Cash registers
  • Copiers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • EKG machines
  • Fax machines
  • Mobile devices (including cell phones, PDAs, Blackberry, tablets, smart phones, etc.)
  • LCD (flat screen) monitors
  • Media - magnetics (hard drives, tapes, etc.)
  • Laptops/notebooks
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, docking stations, speakers, etc.)
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Servers
  • CRT monitors
  • Audio/video equipment
  • TVs
  • Any item that may contain data, or any item that has a keyboard

Procedures for disposal of computer/electronic surplus property

  • Erasure of data stored on items entering the surplus property process is optional but not required by the department.
  • Hard drives must remain in computers so computers and their data are properly tracked. Do not remove hard drives. If hard drives must be removed for failure or replacement, it must be tracked by serial number and disposed of through the contractor on the next available pickup.
  • All items must be maintained in a secure location until picked up by eCycleSecure (for example, in a locked closet, office or drawer) and should never be left unattended in a public area. All electronic surplus items must be controlled and segregated from current stock. The department must maintain custody of the item until it is picked up by the vendor.
  • Items for disposal must be clearly labeled as "Surplus."
  • The eCycleSecure driver is required to pick up ONLY the items submitted on the surplus property form referenced on their Bill of Lading.
  • eCycleSecure is responsible for the packing and loading of all items. They will verify quantities by equipment type on site and a detail review by serial number once they return to their warehouse.
  • Verify the surplus property form number and quantities printed on the Bill of Lading with the form submitted to Surplus Property, print your name and phone number on the Bill of Lading, and sign and date it. The copy represents a certificate of disposal that states University data is destroyed. Someone in the department must retain the Bill of Lading per the University records management standards.
  • eCycleSecure takes responsibility for items after they are placed in their vehicle. Therefore, someone from the department must stay with eCycleSecure during the loading process, and witness the placement of items in their vehicle. The pick-up vehicle must be locked when unsupervised. Please notify Surplus Property at reuse@virginia.edu of any violation of this security procedure.
  • If pickups cannot be completed on a scheduled date, eCycleSecure will reschedule. eCycleSecure will send an email stating when they will pick up the items. PLEASE DO NOT RESUBMIT the same items for surplus. This will create duplicate batches. Contact eCycleSecure at 704-376-1116.

Furniture surplus property

If the surplus property is furniture, all items must be disposed through Facilities Management. The only exception is dormitory furniture - which Housing and Residence Life handles. Facilities Management transports the items to a central warehouse. There will be a handling cost associated with pickup or delivery.

Procedures for disposal of furniture surplus property

  • Please fill out a surplus request via the Facilities Management Customer Portal. Facilities Management will respond within 24-48 hours to clarify your request and schedule pickup. You no longer need to fill out a Surplus Property Form for these items.
  • To protect University records, desks and filing cabinets can only be picked up by the Facilities Management if unlocked and empty.

General surplus property

General surplus property is all other items not previously identified as computer/electronic or furniture. General surplus property can be disposed of through a University contractor, Entrusted Auctions or by donation. General surplus property can be donated to a public agency, or institution of higher education.

Procedures for disposal of general surplus property

Through a University contractor or Entrusted Auctions:

Submit a surplus request by using the Facilities Management Customer Portal.

  • All pick-ups will be coordinated with Entrusted Auctions and will vary based on the size and quantity of the items. The ability to sell large items in place will eliminate costs departments may incur for additional labor and resources to accomplish the disposal.
  • Items for disposal must be clearly labeled as "Surplus."

Surplus item/items with a fair market value of $5,000 or more:

In situations where University departments have a desire to auction an item or a group of items that they believe have a fair market value of $5,000 or more, they may contact Entrusted Auctions directly and negotiate the details of the auctions, to include the determination of the actual fair market value of the item/items, Entrusted Auctions' cost, and department's revenue share. Proceeds will be paid directly to the University department by Entrusted Auctions. Entrusted Auctions will remit payment to the University department, to include a listing of the items/lots sold and the sale price within approximately 30 days after completion of the sale.

Through donation:

  • To donate items, send the following to reuse@virginia.edu:
    • Detailed list of the item(s) to donate
    • Name and contact information of organization to donate to
  • Departments are responsible for coordinating the pickup/delivery of donated items.