Ball State University
Printing Services Department
Printing and Copy Services Policy and Procedure
Ball State University Printing Services is a cost recovery auxiliary that maintains an in-house graphic reproduction system dedicated to providing efficient, high quality, cost effective services for the campus community. Printing and related production services include all University printing, photocopying, typesetting, assembly and binding. Printing includes everything from the simplest short duplication to more complex printing requirements. Producing projects in-house helps ensure university branding standards are met; all jobs comply with copyright laws; and campus printing and copy facilities are utilized at the optimum capacity. As a dedicated high quality service center, Printing Services helps ensure that printing decisions are made in the best interests of the University and contributes to the overall financial health of the University.
Information regarding Printing Services capabilities, services offered and printing procedures can be found at the following URL: http://printing.bsu.edu/
All university printing jobs must be submitted to Printing Services to produce the job in house according to the department specifications. If Printing Services lacks either the equipment to produce the work or the ability to meet the deadline, Printing Services will direct the department to Purchasing Services when appropriate and also assist the department in its effort to have the job produced by an outside commercial printer. Departments may not contact commercial printers for quotes or estimates before the job has been reviewed by Printing Services as that practice is unfair to the commercial printers when Printing Services has the first right to determine if the job can be produced in house.
If a single print job is expected to exceed $15,000, then, in accordance with the University’s purchasing policies, Printing Services will coordinate with Purchasing Services to have the job competitively bid. Purchasing Services will manage the bid process and Printing Services will be included on the bid list. A department may offer suggestions for vendors to be included in the bid solicitation; however, Purchasing Services will retain the final choice of vendors to solicit. Outside bids received must be at least $500 lower than the BSU Printing Services pricing to be considered. Purchasing Services reserves the right to refuse any outside bid, when appropriate.
Departmental expenditures, including procurement card purchases will be routinely audited and monitored to ensure compliance with this policy. Employees in travel status may use procurement cards to purchase University business-related photocopying services.
Printing Services staff works collaboratively with Division of Strategic Communications to review and apply brand standards to print and copy materials. University personnel are encouraged to contact Division of Strategic Communications before preparing copy or creating electronic files for publications which are targeted to an external audience or used for the purpose of recruitment.
Any request for an exception to this policy must be submitted, including justification, to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer or designee.
The policy covers any large-quantity printing and photocopying, including course packs produced with university funds. It does not include incidental photocopying at an individual or departmental level. A good rule of thumb is if your job requires more than 100 copies or more than 500 total pages (i.e., 50 copies of a 10-page document), it is subject to the policy. At this level of quantity, most often there will be a cost savings using Printing Services.
This policy applies to all university departments and units. Any request for an exception to this policy must be submitted with justification to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer or his designee.
It is important to start from the understanding that Printing Services exists in part as a cost saving center for the university. While the occasional job may exceed off campus pricing, overall Printing Services is more cost effective than outsourcing, and will save delivery time and delivery costs. For some print work that will be viewed by external audiences, maintaining a level of print quality is important to represent the university in a reputable and/or an official way.
Many factors impact printing costs including printing process (photocopying vs. digital vs. offset process color), paper, delivery, and shipping charges, etc. Printing Services can recommend the appropriate reproduction or printing process that is best suited for your print project and budget—saving costs. Please remember that departments may not contact commercial printers for quotes or estimates before the job has been reviewed by Printing Services as that practice is unfair to the commercial printers when Printing Services has the first right to determine if the job can be produced in house.
Producing projects on campus also helps ensure university branding standards are met, all jobs comply with copyright laws, and campus printing and copy facilities are utilized at the optimum capacity. As a dedicated high quality service center, Printing Services helps ensure that printing decisions are made in the best interests of the university and contributes to the overall financial health of the university.
Printing jobs that are donated in their entirety will be accepted. Obviously Printing Services cannot meet the "reasonable requirement" of zero cost.
A “gift” or “donation” may raise legal and ethical and quality concerns. It is advisable to contact the Ball State University Foundation to ensure that the gift is properly received and recorded. As part of the process, Printing Services can provide a quote to determine the actual value of the gift. Often donated work still requires some level of expense on the part of the university. All jobs other than gifts of entire jobs should be routed through Printing Services.
Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer or his designee. Informal or undocumented agreements are not authorized by the university. If an exception to the policy is approved, then any proposed written agreement for such services should be routed through the Office of Business and Auxiliary Services for legal review to avoid both personal and institutional liability. Only the President, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer have signature authority for the university.
A department may choose to have the print job bid out by Purchasing Services, with Printing Services permitted to be on the bidders list, or forego the bid process and have the print job done by Printing Services. Outside bids received must be at least $500 lower than Printing Services pricing to be considered.
Departmental expenditures, including procurement card purchases, are routinely audited and monitored to ensure compliance with university policies. If a department is found to be in violation of the policy, then purchasing privileges may be curtailed. Egregious violations may result in personal liabilities being imposed.
Employees in travel status may use procurement cards to purchase University business-related photocopying services. When you submit your credit card receipts you should include a copy of the approved Travel Authorization form.
Departments may not contact commercial printers for quotes or estimates before the job has been reviewed by Printing Services as that practice is unfair to the commercial printers when Printing Services has the first right to determine if the job can be produced in house. Printer representatives may be referred to Printing Services and/or University Marketing and Communications (UMC) to be assessed and added as approved vendors.
Yes. Since all purchases flow through the University’s Purchasing Services office, the University’s policies on purchasing and printing apply regardless of the source of funds.
Printing Services and DSC work collaboratively to apply brand standards and adherence to university policy, including the Printing Services policy. The policy codifies long-established standard protocol between DSC, Printing Services, and Purchasing. DSC handles adherence to the policy as standard operating procedure on behalf of the department in the normal course of any print project. DSC’s role in producing, monitoring, and approving institutional-level print work remains the same; and departments and units will continue to partner with DSC on such projects.