Purchasing Card Policies Manual

8.0 Transactions for Goods / Services

8.1 Restrictions / Requirements / Limitations

Policy Restrictions by Program

Expenditure Category

PCard

Travel Enhancement Option

PCard Plus Enhancement Option

Hotel Enhancement Option

Alcohol

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Airfare / Primary Mode Transportation

Not Allowed

Allowable (4)

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Animals (6)

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Business Meetings / Business Entertainment

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Allowable

Not Allowed

Cash advances / Wire transfers / Money orders

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Conflict of Interest vendors

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

eBay or PayPal (if used in conjunction with eBay)    

Allowable(1)

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Allowed

Employee Service & Achievement Awards

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Allowable

Not Allowed

Firearms or ammunition 

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Flowers as Decorations/ Decorations

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Allowable (2)

Not Allowed

Food

Restricted (3)

Not Allowed

Allowable 

Not Allowed

Foreign Visitors  (Non-Resident Alien)
(Payments to or on behalf of a foreign visitor; including travel related expenditures such as airfare, shuttle, train, etc.)

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Gifts / Donations

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed

Hazardous Materials & Biohazardous
(Hazardous materials are defined as radioactive materials, compressed gas, bulk ethyl alcohol, DEA licensed materials, including prescription drugs and all chemical purchases of acids, bases, flammables (organic solvents, alcohols, etc.), explosives and toxic chemicals of any kind.

1/27/17 update

Hazardous Materials,by definition are materials that show one of four basic characteristics:   

  1. Corrosive:  Causes living tissue damage upon contact
  2. Flammable: Ignites under high temperature or friction
  3. Reactive: Reacts upon contact with another chemical, water or air – to produce fire, explosion, excessive temperatures, pressure release, or release of toxic or flammable gases or vapors
  4. Toxic: Can cause acute or chronic health issues after exposure in sufficient quantities, concentrations, frequencies, or duration

Restricted (7)

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed

Hotels

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

  Allowed * Travel Enhancement also required. Reference Policy 6.3

Payments to Individuals  Refer to FSO Policy 9.12

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Medical Services 
(Medical Services are defined as expenses related to medical care or services.)

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed

Pre-paid Cards including Gift Cards and Phone Cards

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Purchases over $10,000

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Relocation / Moving Expenses for Employees

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Rental Vehicles/Gasoline

Not Allowed

Allowable (5)

Not Allowed 

Not Allowed

Transactions to Foreign Vendors/Merchants* for:

·       Royalties – patents, film & TV broadcast rights, or copyrights

·       Services performed inside the U.S.

·       Software - purchases, copyrights, licenses, royalties or maintenance

*Payments of this type are, by default, subject to Federal withholding.

 

 

For questions, contact FSO Accounts Payable at (520) 621-9097 or accts_pay@fso.arizona.edu.

Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed

NOTES:

(1)   Purchasing cardholder must identify the seller on eBay before making a purchase through eBay or PayPal (if used in conjunction with eBay).  Seller info must be printed from eBay or PayPal if complete, or an email response from seller, which includes: full name and complete address (including state / country) must be printed and attached to the itemized invoice. Purchasing cardholder agrees to review the "seller information page" in eBay before making a purchase. If the seller information page reflects a negative / problem seller, or if the seller refuses to identify the necessary information required, the cardholder agrees NOT to bid on or purchase the item(s) in question.

(2) Flowers as Decorations / Decorations are restricted where no business is conducted nor business objectives present, (for example, a life event such as a birthday or memorial service, a holiday related party or employee social function).

(3) Food for research, animal feed, water for research, food for patients (i.e. snacks for patients after blood draws); food for training (nutritional research or classroom use) is currently allowed on the PCard without the PCard Plus Enhancement Option.

(4) Airfare and Primary transportation (shuttle, bus, train, and taxi) may be purchased for employees or on behalf of non-employee; non-employee being defined as a seminar / conference speaker, visiting expert, an unpaid employee, a candidate being interviewed for an open position (recruitment) or a student.  Non-employees must be a US Citizen or permanent US resident (Green card holder) and not a foreign visitor (non-resident alien) to use the PCard.   

(5) Purchasing Rental vehicles or gasoline on behalf of a non-employee is Not allowed; Purchasing gasoline for a personal vehicle is Not allowed on the PCard; even if used while on University Business.

(6) Animal is a Vertebrate. Including:  Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians.    Animals require a protocol.

(7) Hazardous Material 1/27/17 update - Restricted List for Consumer quantities as listed.  Consumer quantities can be defined as those quantities of a hazardous material that can be purchased by the general public in commercial retail stores.  See Transportation, Handling, and Storage information below listing.

Restricted Item

Restricted to the following Allowable Consumer Quantities
* See Transportation, Handling, Storage Requirements

Charcoal Lighter Fluid

1-2 Pints

Helium Tank

3-5 lbs.

Dry Ice

10-20 lbs.

Liquid Propane

1-5 lbs. containers or refills

Pesticide Spray

12-16 oz. can or 1 gallon concentrate

Isopropyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Methanol

1 pint  - 1 gallon

Cleaning Solvents, paint strippers, paint thinners

1 pint -  gallon

Muriatic (Hydrochloric) Acid

1 gallon

Hydraulic or Lubricating oil

Up to 1 gallon

Navel Jelly (phosphoric acid)

1 pint – 1 quart

 

Hydrogen Peroxide (>6%)

1 pint – 1 quart

Lighters (hand held)

Up to  1 multi-pack (6 lighters)

Spray Paint

Up to 6 cans (12 oz./each)

Transportation, Handing, and Storage Requirements:  

Transportation:  In general hazardous materials that are not in sealed manufacturer’s containers (i.e. dry ice, refilled containers, etc.) should not be transported in the passenger compartment of your vehicle.  Flammable liquids, compressed gases, and propane should always be located in the trunk or truck bed.  Hazardous materials, when possible, should have secondary containment to prevent spills and releases. 

Storage:  Store hazardous materials with compatibility in mind.  Store acids and bases separate from each other and other chemicals.  Always store chemicals in secondary containment to prevent spills from contacting other incompatible materials and items.  Refer to the Safety Data Sheets (available where purchased or online) for safe storage information.

Handling:  Always read the label or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) before using hazardous chemicals.  Always wear the proper personal protective equipment as recommended in the SDS when handling any hazardous chemical.  Be aware of chemicals with precautionary statements such as “Danger,” “Warning,” “Poison,” “Flammable,” “Corrosive,” and of the pictograms as outlined in the University’s Hazard Communication Program (http://risk.arizona.edu/chemical-hazard-communication).

8.2 Strategic Alliances & University-Wide Contracts

Strategic Alliances & University-wide Contracts are agreements for commodities and services established to benefit the University of Arizona.  By using these agreements, departments gain access to discounted pricing and a dedicated support team; as well as assist the University in obtaining benefits such as sponsorships, student initiatives, grant programs, training, professional development and e-procurement initiatives.  

Depending on the agreement with each vendor, use of the PCard to pay for items on a Strategic Alliance or University-Wide Contract may or may not be allowed.  For a list of Strategic Alliances and University-Wide Contracts, with contact information and compatibility with the PCard, refer to the Contracted Vendors web page. 

First consideration is to be given to suppliers with a University-Wide Contract or Strategic Alliance. However, when it is in the best interest of the end user to make a purchase from another vendor, justification for these transactions will be made by the end user and maintained in the departments/units files.

The justification will not be required to be submitted with PCard transaction records sent to FSO, but departments/units justification should be readily available in case of audit.

8.3 Preapprovals

Certain types of purchases under FPP Policy require pre-approval.  These purchases must be pre-approved in writing before a PCard may be used.  The written pre-approval memo, email or form (e.g. Art Approval) must be retained with the PCard documentation.

Building Construction Expenses:  Costs or expenditures associated with building, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or maintenance of real property (including land and buildings), the installation of an integral component to real property, or the improvement of real property must be pre-approved.  Examples include landscaping, electrical, plumbing, painting, carpeting and security systems.  It is the sole responsibility of Facilities Management to provide these services to campus.  Please contact the Director of Facilities Management at 520-626-4919 or kopachc@fm.arizona.edu for pre-approval.

Contracted Purchases: Any purchase that includes a formal written contract must be reviewed and signed by the Contracting Office. The Contract processing time is approximately two to three (2-3) weeks. The Contracting Office will only make changes to the legal terms and conditions; any non-legal business terms and conditions must be reviewed and approved by the Department. Contact Sarah Curley at 520-626-3919 or somahen@email.arizona.edu to review and sign the contract before using a PCard.

Art Approval - Trademarks & Licensing:  Costs or expenditures associated with designing products to bear a University of Arizona trademark must be pre-approved by the Office of Trademarks & Licensing. An "Art Approval Form" must be completed and submitted with final sample artwork when seeking approval. Please review the Policy on Product Licensing and Trademark Usage.

Additional Listing of Signatures required by other departments for documents are stated in FPP Poicy 9.10


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