Buying Directory

Procurement Services

Procurement Services offers the following services to the University community:

  • Sourcing and Bidding
  • Quality Assurance, Compliance and Planning
  • Supplier Relations
  • Training, Marketing and Communications

Methods of Procurement

  • buyND – The preferred method for purchasing goods or services
  • Procurement Card (ProCard) – May be used to purchase individual low-cost items (see university policy and procedure).
  • Check Requisition – The Business Office can generate a check requisition in order to pay an outstanding invoice when buyND cannot be used.
  • Expense Report Reimbursement – An expense report may be completed by an employee who has purchased items out-of-pocket and is seeking reimbursement.

Vendor Selection

University Preferred Vendor Matrix – Strategic vendors can be broken down into two categories: prime vendors and preferred vendors. Prime vendors have sole source contracts with the University for their commodities. These provide deep discounts to the University in exchange for the exclusive arrangement with the University (examples include Lenovo computers for Windows desktops and Office Depot for office supplies). If a prime vendor does not carry an item or its items do not meet your specifications, then other vendors may be utilized. Preferred vendors do not have exclusive arrangements for their commodities, but based on the pricing and terms and conditions, colleges and departments are strongly encouraged to use these vendors. Preferred vendors include moving services, software and peripherals.

Purchasing Forms

  • Purchase Requisition”: – Use when purchasing supplies or equipment over $500.
  • Vendor Selection Form – Use this form to document the purchase of goods and/or services greater than $5,000, unless purchased from a strategic university vendor
  • Over Budget Request Form – Submit this form to the Business Office for approval to go over budget
  • Expense Report – Utilize this form when an employee is seeking reimbursement for expenses related to travel or supplies (see “instruction”)

Purchasing Office Furniture

The university requires that furniture be purchased through Facilities (Valerie Teumac-Minder 631-8761) at contracted pricing. Strategic furniture vendors include both Business Furnishings and Office Interiors. Please do not utilize Office Depot for office furniture, unless approved by Procurement.

Purchasing Software Licenses / Applications

Please be aware that if you are planning to purchase software of any sort it must be approved through OIT and General Counsel prior to making the purchase. In order to initiate the approval process, please contact Shirley Hums at 1-6825 or Tom Nevala at 1-8112. With their assistance, and, if necessary, you will utilize the documents below to outline your needs and assess the university’s security risk if the software is not currently in use on campus. As this must be done in advance, please plan for a few extra weeks to complete the process. Once approved, Shirley Hums or a member of the Business Office staff will initiate a purchase order for the vendor. In many cases the university may already support a similar product and an additional site license will be purchased.

Tax Reminders

  • Gifts, Prizes and Awards
  • Expense Reimbursements or Accounting for Advances
  • Payments to Nonresident Aliens
  • Reimbursements to Employees Who Have Paid Individuals
  • Charitable Contributions
  • Charitable Contributions in lieu of Compensation
  • Scholarship Payments
  • Sales Tax Exemption and Collection