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Request New or Change Existing Org Codes

The basic function of the Stanford University Organization (Org) Code Hierarchy is to define parent-child organizational relationships and group information such as employees and financial data. The org code hierarchy affects many aspects of financial reporting. Therefore, any change to the org code hierarchy must be carefully planned and executed. Only authorized budget officers may request new or changes to existing org codes.

Category Type Description
New Org Code Request for a new org code to support organization expansion or reorganization. The new org code must report to a parent org code, and if it is a leaf-level code, it may be used to assign staff or Projects/Tasks/Awards for recording revenues, expenses and fund balances. New parent org codes may be requested for roll-up only.
Org Code Move Request to move assigned staff (salary) or assigned Projects/Tasks/Awards (expense) from one parent org code to another parent org code. The move may or may not involve a family move, which means moving all children of the current parent org code to the new parent org code.
Org Code Name Change Request to change the descriptive name of the four-character alphabetical org code. The following is an example: 

Org Code = BAVF 
Org Name = Financial Management Services
Inactivate an Org Code Request to inactivate an org code for future use. Before inactivating an org code, all assigned staff and assigned Projects/Tasks/Awards must be moved to another leaf-level org code.
Insert an Org Code Request to insert a new org code between an existing parent org code and an existing child org code.


If you are considering making changes to org codes, it is recommended that you first do the following:

For additional support with planning or implementing organizational changes, email the UBO team. A member of the University Budget Office (UBO) or Financial Management Services (FMS) team will consult with you on the change.

The following table includes the timeline for submitting org code change requests to the UBO and when approved org code changes will be implemented in university systems.

Org Code Change Requests 
Due to UBO
Approved Org Code Change Implemented in Most Systems* Approved Org Code Change Implemented in Oracle
November 1, 2022 December 1, 2022* Soon after November fiscal close
February 1, 2023 March 1, 2023* Soon after February fiscal close
June 1, 2023 July 1, 2023* Soon after June fiscal close
August 1, 2023 September 1, 2023 Soon after August fiscal close

*Systems include, but are not limited to, Tidemark, Oracle and Peoplesoft.  Although "Move" requests can be submitted throughout the year, they will not be reflected in systems until the end of the fiscal year. The Tidemark budgeting system is an exception; Tidemark will reflect Move requests on the dates referenced in the table.

Only authorized budget officers have access to submit org code change requests to the University Budget Officer using the online Org Code Change Request form. To anticipate information required to complete the form, refer to  Guidelines for Submitting an Org Code Change.

Upon submission of an Org Code Change Request form, you will receive an email confirmation, and the UBO will be notified. UBO will coordinate the change with the budget officer, reaching out for clarification or additional information if needed.

Do not use the Org Code Change Request form to submit an “Org Code Insert” request, as it is not currently set up to support this. If you wish to submit an "Org Code Insert" request, please email  Mike Ling, UBO Business Analyst, for assistance.  

The UBO maintains a log of all org code changes from March 1, 2008, to present. 

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2022