Effective September 1, 2011, all departments, schools, or centers who host any revenue-generating conference, non-credit program, professional development activity, or any other type of event for which funds are deposited into a University account must use the IU Office of Conference and Event Registration Services (“OCERS”), located on the Bloomington campus, for the revenue collection process. This includes account numbers that begin with the following two-digit identifiers: 08, 20, 22, 23, 29, 60, and 66.
OCERS is a University Administration registration management organization that specializes in guiding the payment process for meetings, forums, symposia, workshops, and conferences. The purpose of the policy is to (1) minimize the number of staff physically handling revenues and minimize the associated risk and liability, (2) create a more efficient process for handling large volumes of revenue transactions, and (3) ensure compliance with PCI DSS standards and Treasury Policy VI-120. The Office of Conference and Event Registration Services and the Office of the Treasurer have invested significant experts in field who are at the disposal to all departments at Indiana University.
At minimum, the revenue collection activities that are required currently cost $6.00 per registrant plus +2.5% of credit card charges. The IU Southeast staff still control all other aspects of the event like sending invitations, planning agendas, tracking information regarding how many meals to provide, and tracking registration.
The IU Southeast department would create a webpage with all of the relevant information regarding their event payment. OCERS will give the event coordinator access to a report system on the event as it is in progress, along with downloadable event information. OCERS will accept the following forms of payment: credit cards, debit cards, ACH payments, and purchase orders for check payments.
For a $12.00 charge per registrant, OCERS would create a detailed registration web page for the department. This usually is used for more intensive purposes, such as departments that want to put survey questions on the site to provide the number of meals that will be needed, obtaining demographics, and other types of information. They will also provide an 800 number to call for questions relating to the event.
Examples of events at the Southeast campus that are in the scope of this policy and must use OCERS include:
Examples of events that are not in the scope of this policy and do not need to use OCERS include:
The above lists are not all inclusive, rather they are examples of the types of events that may or may not be required to OCERS.
Please contact Accounting Services at extension 2596 for questions.
Note: Any event or program that involves children under the age of 18 must comply with the Indiana University Policy PS-01. Please see section C-13 for information on and procedures for registering an event that involves children.