Materials Management

Surplus or Scrap Equipment

Equipment owned by the university which has become obsolete, damaged or broken, worn out, or is no longer needed by a department should be surplused in a timely manner. To surplus equipment, the department should prepare an e-mail and send it to the Property Control Department The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • NIU Inventory Number (if applicable)
  • Description (i.e. Secretarial Chair, Black, AllSteel, etc.)
  • General Condition or Usability
  • Reason for Scrapping or Surplusing
  • Department Name
  • Building and Room Number where the equipment is located
  • Contact Person's Name and Phone Number

Property Control will then prepare an Equipment Transfer Authorization form and arrange for the item to be picked up and removed Surplus items that are found to be in good condition are stored in the surplus viewing area in Materials Management for repurposing within the university. Other items will be evaluated for either transfer to the State Property Control Division in Springfield or for scrapping.
Departments are responsible for the emptying of the contents of all file cabinets, storage devices, desks, furniture, etc. in advance of surplussing the items. Surplus should be stored in a manner so that it does not pose a safety hazard until it is picked up. If temporary storage boxes are needed, please contact Distribution Services at Request Tyga boxes and carts. These can be delivered by Distribution Services.

Computer Systems with Hard Drives

State of Illinois Public Acts (93-0306, 96-0045 and 97-0390) and the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees approval to implement a new policy effective 1-04-2010 requires that all hard drives returned with surplus electronic data processing equipment be wiped clean of all data and software by overwriting every track at least ten (10) times and certifying in writing that this process has been completed. NIU Property Control will only accept complete systems that have been certified by attaching a sticker (available from Property Control) with the Agency name, Serial #, NIU Asset Tag #, Application used to overwrite, Name of person overwriting the disk, Date, and Signature of certifier. This sticker must be applied on the left-hand side of the face of the unit. Laptops must be labeled on the topside of its cover.

All of the electronic data processing equipment that belongs with the system should be returned whole and intact. If the hard drive has been removed or is not operating and unable to be wiped clean, the certification label must state that the hard drive was removed or is not operable.

All requests for surplus electronic data processing equipment must comply with these procedures and be properly labeled before NIU Property Control and Materials Management personnel will be able to pick-up these items from the Departments.

Surplus Item(s) Request

Property Control retains usable office furniture and equipment for redistribution within the University. These items are available to be seen on Tuesday mornings between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., or by appointment. You may also submit a request to Property Control for surplus items you are looking for. Please use the "Surplus Item Request" form to submit a request We will monitor surplus to see if we can fulfill your request.

Furniture Resale Program

If you’ve been unable to find what you are looking for in surplus, check out the furniture resale program run by Furniture Repair They resell new and lightly used items, refurbish items that come through surplus. If we do not have what you are looking for in Furniture Resale, we can check with local suppliers to see if we can find something to fit your needs.