FAS Research Administration Services

Academic Service Centers Policy and Procedures


The University-wide Service Center Subcommittee is excited to announce that the Revised Academic Service Center Policy and Procedures Manual has been approved as of Fall 2012.  Some of the key changes to the Policy are:

Scope: Policy is limited to Academic Service Centers; central service units are excluded Governance: Schools are responsible for review and approval of new service centers
Financial: The threshold for an Academic Service Center's surplus or deficit has been increased to 15% of annual operating expenses. In addition, the Harvard University Service Center Rate Documentation form should be submitted annually for review and approval by RAS. Please refer to the Procedures Manual for details on this submission.

The Service Center Procedures Manual is a new document to accompany the recently revised and approved Academic Service Center Policy.  The Procedures Manual provides financial and administrative guidance for research staff working in, or overseeing, a service center.  In coordination with the University Research Administration Training Team (URATT),  a training is being developed on the revised policy and new procedures manual.  We anticipate sessions on the Cambridge and Longwood campuses  will be held in January and February of 2013.  The FAQs are still under development and should be completed this winter/spring. 


The new policy is available on the OSP website:



The new procedures manual is available on the OSP website:


[Last modified: 12/03/12]

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