Consistent Treatment Policy Term Definition

Charging all costs incurred for the same purpose, in like circumstances, as either direct costs only or indirect costs only. Any cost charged as a direct cost to federal contracts must also be direct charged to other institutional activities. If a cost is identified as an indirect cost, it may be charged as a direct cost only in certain specific circumstances where the characteristics of the cost would unfairly burden the indirect costs. Direct costs that are allocated to sponsored projects or activities must be allocated using a reasonable method that is consistently followed. All departments must treat like costs in the same way.