New Gift Acceptance Policy Effective July 1

The Gift Acceptance Policy governs the types of gifts the university and The Ohio State University Foundation may accept from generous donors, and outlines review and acceptance procedures. The revised policy aligns with the university’s standard template, reflects new types of gifts the university will accept, and includes updates in staff procedures. The revisions comply with state and federal laws, and ensure all gifts further the university’s and the foundation’s missions while maintaining the highest levels of stewardship.

The revised policy was effective July 1. Click here to read the policy.

Additional dates added for Inclusive Excellence Training for Search Committees

Inclusive Excellence Training is a 1 hour session that was implemented by the University for faculty participating in Discovery Theme searches.  As a result all units have been asked to provide this training for those who serve on search committees.  Our college has determined that staff in addition to faculty should participate in this training.  We realize that providing all faculty and staff with this training is no easy task.  As a result, we are asking that at least one member of any search committee have the training.  Participation is being recorded and submitted to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion who is maintaining a data base.  CFAES is off to a great start.  The college has 253 faculty and staff who have participated in the training.  CFAES has 5 facilitators: Ryan Schmiesing, Terry Niblack, Dan Herms, Jeff LeJeune, and Kathy Lechman. If you are interested in having one of the facilitators present for your department or unit please contact Kathy Lechman.

 Sessions have been ongoing since January and additional dates through June have been set.  Most sessions are available to both Columbus and Wooster campuses via video link.  Regional Directors have been encourage to work with Kathy Lechman to establish dates for regions, counties, or EERAs.  To register go to the CFAES Equity and Inclusion page and view Upcoming Events.  All of the dates are listed.  You can also view the attached document that has the registration link included.

 Thank you for your continued support,


 Kathy Lechman, PhD
Director, Equity and Inclusion
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 247-7176 Office / (614) 292-5100 Fax

Mileage Rate Change and New Travel Form

Mileage Rate Change and New Travel Forms posted for Calendar Year 2016 The U.S. General Services Administration revised mileage reimbursement rates for personally owned vehicles for travel occurring in calendar year 2016. The University has adopted these rates. The travel forms on the CFAES Forms page have been updated with this new rate. Other changes to simplify and improve the forms have also been made.

Research in View (RIV) Update

Dear Colleagues:

The transition from Research in View (RIV) to a new program is a process that includes several steps, from the acquisition of a new program to the modification of the program to meet Ohio State’s multiple needs. This process is taking longer than expected. Therefore, to support faculty members who will be using RIV (or its successor) to navigate the promotion and tenure process, the Office of Academic Affairs will be supporting Research in View at least through the 2017-2018 P&T process. We hope this assists faculty members in planning ahead.

Further announcements regarding the implementation of a new program will be provided as we finalize our pathway. Please be assured that we will coordinate the timing of a new program to coincide with the beginning of the academic year for new faculty members, and those faculty members who need to transition to the new platform will have adequate time.

Kay Wolf