Purchasing Policies Manual
II. PLANNING AND REQUISITION PREPARATION BY UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS
General policies concerning purchasing apply to all University funds (except agency funds), regardless of source. Funds deposited within the University must be handled consistently in accordance with University policies. Some funds are less restrictive than others. Discretionary funds must be administered in accordance with standard University policy. For complete Financial Management information see Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.
The Purchasing on-line requisition system must be used to create a purchase requisition for ordering all supplies, equipment, and services costing in excess of $5,000 from off-campus vendors. Transactions of $5,000, or less, should be handled via the P-Card, Arizona BuyWays, or Stores Blanket Order. Exceptions are documented in Financial Policies and Procedures Manual, Policy 9.10.
Specifications must be concise but complete in detail without being proprietary to a single vendor. Description information should be adequate to permit the purchase of the desired item without reference to the catalog number. However, the catalog number and/or model number may be used to establish the quality desired. Line item description on the requisition must be in sufficient detail to enable the transfer of that description to the purchase order or bid/proposal document without modification. Do not use line item description for messages or general comments; the notes and attachments field is intended for that purpose. The requisition entry and approval instructions can be found in the UITS Playor online tutorials.
Prior to submitting a requisition for the purchase of an instrument or item of equipment, the requesting department should ascertain whether power requirements or other utilities are available. These requirements should be specified on the requisition. Space requirements, floor landing, access by elevator, door openings, etc., should also be checked where applicable with Facilities Management.
The Internal Billing Form (IB) must be used for ordering goods/services from campus vendors with the following exceptions:
Policy Number: 2.3 Tracking a Requisition
Effective: February 1996
Latest Revision: September 2006
The status of a Purchase Requisition can be determined by "Conducting a Document Search". Refer to the UITS Player online tutorials for instructions on how to perform a document search.
Rush expenditures near the end of a budget period should not be requested. It is particularly important that requisitions for supply items and equipment from research grant budgets be submitted sufficiently early so that the procurement process can be accomplished and delivery secured before the end of the grant period. Requisitions on state funds and other funds that conform to the state fiscal year should be processed in a timely fashion to assure delivery of orders before the end of the fiscal year.
All purchase orders having an outstanding encumbrance at the end of the budget period will be carried over automatically into the new budget period. The process of carrying over encumbrances to the new budget period does not imply the availability of funds or that budgets will be increased accordingly.
Subscriptions may be processed (in order of preference) using the: 1) Purchasing Card; 2) Disbursement Voucher; or 3) a Requisition.
Subscription requests, or any request involving the mailing of periodic literature, should show a complete mailing address. Show the mailing address in the "Deliver To" space.
The University of Arizona
c/o Individual's Name
PO Box XXXXXX
Tucson, AZ 857XX
The Purchasing Card is the more appropriate means of paying for subscriptions. If the vendor does not accept the Purchasing Card, then a Disbursement Voucher should be used.
If using a requistion for subscription payment, forward the original invoice or renewal invoice as a requisition attachment.
- Arizona BuyWays
- Central/AHSC Receiving
- Contracting Office
- Postal Services
- Printing Services
- Purchasing Card
- Purchasing Office
- Records Management & Archives
- Small Business Utilization Program
- Stores Blanket Orders
- Stores Inventory
- Surplus Property