Chart of Accounts Manual


The DeptID ChartField answers the question "What management unit is responsible for the financial transactions?"

  • Department or organizational unit
  • Required on all transactions
  • 5 numerical characters beginning with a "1" (actuals)

DeptID identifies the organization at the University where budgets, staff, or academic programs are managed. It represents one or more of the following:

  • A management unit of fiscal responsibility, OR
  • A hiring authority for staff or a unique department designation required for effective human resource management (Human Capital Management [HCM] system), OR
  • A distinct academic program which requires a unique department designation for effective management of academic programs (Campus Solutions [CS] system). One set of DeptID values will be shared by all Enterprise systems (Financial, CS, and HCM).

DeptIDs with alpha characters indicate a budget-only or rollup value. Budget-only values for RRCs contain the approved acronyms for those RRCs.

DeptID Connections

Connections between CS, HCM, and the financial system:

  1. When discussing DeptID in the HCM or CS systems, care should be taken to differentiate the use of DeptID as an HR department or academic organization from DeptID as part of a ChartField string used in a financial distribution line.
  2. The Office of the VP for Human Resources and the Office of the Registrar are responsible for establishing and maintaining the definition and criteria for an HCM DeptID and an CS Academic Organization. These definitions are compatible with the definition of a DeptID in the financial system.


Resource Responsibility Centers are the organizational/management groups within the offices of the vice presidents. They are generally management units, colleges, or administrative organizations (College of Liberal Arts, Office of Human Resources, etc.).

DeptID trees

Trees for DeptID reflect the management structure of the University and rollup information required for reporting, fiscal responsibility and oversight, and/or physical location. The University currently maintains two trees:

  • UM_DEPTID_FISCAL (does not include ZDeptIDs)
  • UM_DEPTID_BUDGET (includes ZDeptIDs)

Within RRCs, DeptIDs can be further organized and grouped for management/reporting purposes. In the fiscal tree, there are three levels below the RRC level, and how the levels are used (or if they are used) is determined by the needs of the VP and the RRC. RRCs have control over how the nodes at level 4 and below on the fiscal tree are organized. The lowest level of management is the DeptID itself. Each node on the fiscal tree also represents a ChartField Value Set, which can be used to create reports.

The budget tree is managed by the Budget Office. In the budget tree, each level 4 node is identified by a budget-only DeptID beginning with a “Z,” sometimes referred to as the Z-value or ZDeptID.

Trees are maintained centrally through the DeptID request and approval process. Trees are used for multiple purposes:

  1. The allocation and budget processes.
  2. Development of summary reports.
  3. Commitment control rules, combo edits, etc.

RRC Listing Grouped by Vice Presidential Unit

Top level of tree All VP values on the chart below roll up to this level DeptIDs
UMNXX University of Minnesota (top level of tree, all values roll up to this) 12006 (conversion), 90009 (capital asset clearing UMTC)
VP Abbreviation Vice Presidential Unit
RRC Abbreviation RRC Name ZDeptIDs DeptIDs
BDREG Board of Regents AUDIT Internal Audit, Office of Z0027 10230
RGNTS Board of Regents, Office of Z0028 10040
GENCL General Counsel OGCXX General Counsel, Office of the Z0029 10079-10081
SVPHS SVP Health Sciences AHCSH AHC Shared Units    
HLSCI Health Sciences Administration Z0076, Z0077, Z0477-Z0479, Z0519 11145-11161, 11701, 12102, 12021, 12022, 12206
MEDXX Medical School    
SVPAA SVP System Academic Admin SAAAU System Acad Admin Acad Units    
SAAVP System Acad Admin, Sr VP    
SVPPA SVPP Academic Affairs AAPRV Acad Affairs&Provost, Sr VP    
AESXX Ag Experiment Station    
CBSXX Biological Sciences, Col of    
CCAPS Continuing/Prof Studies, Col of    
CEHDX Education/Human Dev, Col of    
CFANS Food, Ag & Nat Res Sci, Col of    
CLAXX Liberal Arts, College of    
CSENG Science & Engineering, Col of    
CSOMX Carlson School of Management    
DENTX Dentistry, School Of    
DESGN Design, College of    
EQDIV Equity & Diversity    
GPSTR Global Programs & Strategy    
GRADX The Graduate School    
HHHXX Public Affairs, HHH School of    
LAWXX Law School    
LIBRX University Libraries    
MNEXT MN Extension    
NURSG Nursing, School of    
PHARM Pharmacy, College of    
PUBHL Public Health, School of    
SCAXX Scholarly & Cultural Affairs    
UEDUC Undergrad Ed, V Provost&Dean    
VETMD Veterinary Medicine, Col of    
SYSTM Systemwide SUFIN Systemwide University Finance    
SYSWD Systemwide    
UDEBT University Debt    
UMCCH Chancellor, Crookston UMCXX UM Crookston    
UMDCH Chancellor, Duluth UMDXX UM Duluth    
UMMCH Chancellor, Morris UMMXX UM Morris    
UMRCH Chancellor, Rochester UMRXX UM Rochester    
UPRES President ATHLX Intercollegiate Athletics    
PRESD President, Office of the    
URELX University Relations    
VPCFO VP, CFO, Treasurer SVPFO SVP Finance/Operations    
VPCIO VP & Chief Information Officer ERPXX Enterprise Resource Planning    
OITXX Information Technology, Ofc of    
VPHRS VP Human Resources OHRXX Human Resources, Office of    
VPRSH VP Research RSRCH VP for Research, Office of    
VPUSV VP University Services AUXSV Auxiliary Services    
CPPMX Capital Planning & Proj Mgmt    
FMXXX Facilities Management    
PSRXX Planning, Space & Real Estate    
PUBSF Public Safety    
UHLSF University Health & Safety    
USERV University Services    

Guide to Actions on Existing DeptIDs

The Office of Budget & Finance coordinates the process of creating and maintaining DeptIDs.

When should a DeptID description be changed?

  • The unit has been renamed to reflect current vernacular, an official designation, or a modest change in scope.
  • The unit has moved on the University organizational chart (changed RRC, or Z DeptID/Entity on DeptID trees) and the previous description referred to the former place in the organization.
  • The previous DeptID description is inaccurate or is misleading to someone not familiar with the unit.

A description change does not occur when a requested change indicates a broader shift in the nature of the unit, e.g., Biochemistry to Biochemical Engineering.

When should a DeptID value be repurposed?

  • Best practice is to close DeptIDs that are no longer in use as originally designed and request a new DeptID for a new unit.
  • The new unit meets all criteria for a new, valid DeptID. (Purpose: maintain integrity of the DeptID definition and structure.)
  • The new designation is within the same RRC, Z DeptID and HR Entity.  (Purpose: to ensure that historic comparisons at the Z DeptID/Entity ID level are not skewed by reassignment to an unrelated unit.)
  • The DeptID has been inactive as a financial DeptID, HR DeptID (for all positions & appointments; consult with HR before submitting a request), and Academic Org for one full fiscal year. (Purpose: to ensure a separation between activities related to the previous designation versus the new designation.)

A request to repurpose a DeptID must be approved before setting up financial, HR, or student activity for the repurposed DeptID.  Requests to repurpose a DeptID that do not meet the above criteria will be denied, even if activity has been posted to the DeptID.

When should a DeptID move on a tree?

  • Reporting relationships have changed so that the DeptID should be reflected as rolling up to a different RRC, Z DeptID, or Entity ID.  A Z DeptID or Entity ID also may shift to a different RRC.

Except in the case of a complete disbanding and reconfiguration of a unit, movement on the tree to maintain the historic activity of the unit under the same DeptID is preferred to issuing a new DeptID.

When should a DeptID be deactivated?

  • No new revenues, expenses, or encumbrances have been posted within one full year. There are no encumbrances or outstanding transactions.
  • All clean-up transactions occurred within the previous fiscal year.
  • No active personnel are assigned to the DeptID as an HR DeptID.
  • Capital assets have been transferred to other DeptIDs.
  • All sponsored projects and proposals are closed.
  • The balance is zero on every chartstring that includes the DeptID.
  • No item types with chartstrings including the DeptID are in use in the Student system.

DeptID Values

DeptID values as of September 17, 2018. (xlsx) For FY2019


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