At Rollins College most purchasing actions are conducted by academic and administrative department employees. The purpose of this policy is to convey the basic purchasing principles which include obligations for ethical behavior, compliance with government regulations, proper transaction documentation, and fiscal responsibility.
There are several methods that may be used to request items or services. They include direct check requests, purchasing card (P-Card), and purchase requisitions and orders.
Direct Pay/Check Request: Used to request payment for purchases not covered by a purchase order or P-Card. Forward the Direct Pay/Check Request form and supporting original documentation (invoice, receipts or other evidence of charge) to Accounts Payable for processing.
Purchasing Card: The Rollins College P-Card is intended to provide an efficient, cost-effective method of purchasing and paying for small dollar transactions within established usage limits. The program is designed to replace other purchasing options such as small-dollar purchase orders and direct payment vouchers, and reduce the need for expense reimbursement requests, departmental cash advances and petty cash reimbursements. Using the card will provide quicker turn-around time on your orders, and greater flexibility in ordering goods and will also reduce paperwork processing. Specific guidelines on the usage of the Rollins College Procurement Card Program can be found in the Cardholder Handbook on the Rollins College Finance web page.
Purchase Requisitions and Orders: A purchase requisition may be submitted to Purchasing requesting product/service for which cost is in excess of the department's maximum P-Card transaction limit. Purchasing will determine if bidding is required and award a purchase order accordingly.
*Within limits, it is at the discretion of the department which method to use when purchasing items or services. The Purchasing Department personnel will work with departments to determine an appropriate method to purchase items or services.
The Purchasing Department is typically responsible for soliciting written quotes and proposals based on requests provided by individual departments. In the event that the departments have secured, or secure, the necessary quotes themselves, this supporting documentation should be attached to the Purchasing Requisition form and forwarded to the Purchasing Department for review. The Purchasing Department may secure additional quotes if deemed to be in the best interest of the College.
In selecting the vendor, the department's product quality and delivery time requirements will be considered, in conjunction with the total price.
Allow three to five working days on purchases not requiring quotations or sealed bids. The quotation and formal bid process may take a minimum of four weeks.
NOTE: Those persons authorized to approve requisitions are certifying that adequate funds are budgeted and available.
A request for proposal (RFP) may be prepared by the Purchasing Department with the assistance of the requesting department. RFP's will then be distributed to an appropriate selection of suitable vendors. Departmental end users and the Purchasing Department will jointly analyze written quotations from vendors and prepare final recommendations.
Departments are encouraged to contact the Purchasing Department well in advance for major projects or technically complex needs to plan for the acquisition of equipment and supplies.
In instances where required items are highly specialized or of a technical nature, and therefore not available from multiple sources, the requesting department will mark "Sole Source" in the special instructions of the "Type of Order" section.
The Purchasing Department will authorize emergency purchases during circumstances that are beyond the control of the College involving health, public safety, imminent loss or injury, or where an immediate action would reduce more extensive repairs later.
Depending on the urgency or complexity of the issue, the Purchasing Department will either assign a Purchase Order number or place the order directly with the vendor using their Rollins College P-Card. Other cardholders across campus have the authority to use their College-issued purchasing card to purchase items required in an emergency as described above.
and Engineering Services- Contact Facilities Management
Audit Services- Contact Finance Department
Construction Contracts- Contact Facilities Management
Employment Services- Contact Human Resources Department
Insurance- Contact Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management
Legal Services- Contact Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management
Travel Services- Contact Finance Department
The Purchasing Department does not assist or become involved in any transaction for purchases of a personal nature. The Purchasing Department may also question transactions that seem to be of a personal nature or an inappropriate use of College funds.
An employee or any member of an employee's immediate family who holds a financial interest in a disclosed blind trust shall not be deemed to have a conflict of interest in regard to matters pertaining to that financial interest.
The College and its employees are expected to obey and adhere to laws and regulations applicable to the College's activities.
This document is intended to provide the basic policy and procedure as well as a general understanding of good purchasing practices so our employees can buy on behalf of the College with confidence and expertise.