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218 Entry Data Standards for Sungard Higher Education Banner Users

SUBJECT: DATA ENTRY STANDARDS FOR SUNGARD HIGHER EDUCATION BANNER USERS
NUMBER: 218
AUTHORIZING BODY: PRESIDENT’S CABINET, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
DATE ISSUED: APRIL 2002
LAST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2007

RATIONALE:  The purpose of this document is to convey Oakland University’s (University) policy on data standards and its Employees’ responsibilities regarding data standards related to Banner and in conjunction with OU AP&P #860 Information Security and the University’s Privacy Statement posted on www.oakland.edu.  The SunGardHE Banner (Banner) Enterprise Resource Planning Information System adopted by the University in 1997 requires an interdependence that integrates the various functions of administrative management and requires that data entry standards be followed very closely by all who enter and use the data and information.  To access the standards detail contents CLICK HERE.

Service levels, data and information security, and legal liability are all extremely important issues that are the concern of this policy.  The entry and use of student and Employee Tax Identification Numbers or Social Security Numbers, and the names and addresses stored in person records, are some of the key concerns of this policy.

POLICY:  This policy defines the roles and responsibilities for the Banner Shared Data Committee, supervisors, managers and individuals for the integrity of data shared among Banner modules.  The policy covers training, standards, and data controls to assure the highest quality of data.

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY:  This policy applies to all University personnel with access to Banner data.

DEFINITIONS:    

Banner Operating Committee:  The Banner Operating Committee membership consists of managers, directors and other decision-makers with direct responsibilities for the operation of the Banner system.

Banner Shared Data Committee:  The Banner Shared Data Committee membership consists of managers, directors, supervisors and other decision-makers with responsibilities for data entry and maintenance of Shared Data elements.

Shared Data:  Shared Data are Banner data elements that may be entered and maintained in multiple locations, Departments and Divisions.  Such elements include General Person data (e.g. names, identification numbers, addresses, telephone numbers) and other such elements.

PROCEDURES:    

Supervisors and Managers

1.  It is the responsibility of supervisors and managers to assure that all Employees responsible for entering data and information into the Banner system be properly trained to do this work.  Training includes, but is not limited to, Banner navigation training, training on the specific Banner module that the Employee will be using, and a thorough review of this policy.  If some formal training event is not available on these subjects, then the supervisor or manager must provide the training to the Employee by some other means before the Employee can start the work of entering data or information into the Banner system.

2.  It is the responsibility of supervisors and managers to assure that this policy and standard is continually met by all responsible staff throughout their Departments.  Supervisors and managers who are made aware of breaches of these standards must respond quickly to correct any such problems.  The supervisor or manager is responsible for the controls and processes used by their Employees to enter data into the system; the accuracy of the data entered; and adherence to this policy and the data entry standards.

3.  The Banner Shared Data Committee, working with University Human Resources, develops training and testing materials and documentation, along with data standards for entry into Banner.  The Committee will promote the use of any and all Banner processes as appropriate to allow for the highest data integrity of Shared Data elements as possible.  The Banner Shared Data Committee will work to resolve issues under a specific committee charge.  When a supervisor or manager does not take corrective action in a timely manner, the issue should be introduced by the Banner Shared Data Committee to the Banner Operating Committee and discussed in the Banner Operating Committee so that the community of people who are primarily responsible for the University’s data and information can have a full understanding of the issue.  The Banner Operating Committee will decide a course of corrective action and the responsible Department supervisor or manager is expected to follow the plan created by the Banner Operating Committee.

4.  If a problem continues and is not resolved by the Department, the Banner Operating Committee, along with a representative from University Human Resources if needed, can discuss the issue again.  Their recommended plan of corrective action and a history of the problem will then be sent to the responsible Division Vice President with a request for the plan to be implemented.

5.  As a final step, the Banner Operating Committee can send its report and request to the president of the University asking that the corrective action be taken and describing previous actions and requests.

Individuals 

1.  Individual Banner users are responsible for the proper care, quality and accuracy of data and information they enter into the Banner system.  They must study and fully understand these standards and they must work as responsible members of the University information and data entry community.

2.  When an Employee is made aware of a problem, the Employee must take immediate corrective action to eliminate the problem and to correct inaccuracies created by their actions. 

3.  If a problem is detected and identified with an Employee’s work, the individual noting the problem should report the problem to their own supervisor, who should then discuss the problem with the originating Employee’s supervisor or manager.

4.  The appropriate supervisor or manager is to then discuss the problem with the Employee and define the steps necessary to correct the problem and the affected data and information, recording the discussion and expected action.  A deadline for this action is to be given.

5.  If the Employee does not correct the problem in a timely and urgent manner, the supervisor must provide, in writing, a summary of the problem and the corrective action that has been requested.  This letter is to be in the form of a letter of reprimand or censure and a copy is to be placed in the Employee’s personnel file. 

6.  If the Employee cannot, or will not, take the appropriate corrective action at this point, the Employee must be denied access to the Banner system.

Basic Standards of Work 

1.  All data entry should include a follow up check to assure that the data entered are correct and comply with these standards.

2.  Name searches to avoid duplicated records are absolutely essential for the entry of any new name into the Banner system.

3.  Data uploads into the Banner system and batch Banner process runs must be accompanied by appropriate checks or edits to assure accuracy and compliance with these standards.  Verification of data load accuracy and batch process accuracy should be thoroughly tested prior to use in a production environment.  Data verification should be done after a production run.  The supervisor or manager of the area doing the upload is responsible for verification of data load and batch process accuracy and auditing of results.

4.  When financial data are entered into Banner, an appropriate control total check should be made to assure the accuracy of the entered financial data.

5.  Data entry procedures and processes must be verified by the supervisor or manager of an operation after every Banner release.  Training may be required for all staff members to prepare for a new Banner release.

6.  It must be recognized that many others within the University use data entered into Banner and each Employee must be a constructive member of that community.  Coordination and communication within this group is essential to assure that work is accurate and timely, and does not have to be re-entered, modified or technically corrected.  Careful data entry usually saves a great deal of time and reduces the need for corrective action.

To access the standards detail contents CLICK HERE.

RELATED POLICIES AND FORMS:

OU AP&P #860 Information Security

APPENDIX:    

Charge of the Banner Shared Data Committee

 

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