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Purchasing Rules and Regulations

The Vice President of Business and Finance designates the Director of Purchasing as being responsible for the day to day management of all purchasing activities. This designation includes the capacity to obligate the institution for the costs of goods and services (i.e., to purchase). The Director of Purchasing may authorize other positions or areas on campus to purchase if it is in the best interest of CSU.

Each designated or delegated individual is personally responsible for meeting all DOAS, Board of Regents, Office of State Accounting, and other external requirements for the specifying, bidding, and purchasing for the items and services under their responsibility. In addition, these individuals are responsible for the duties to meeting all applicable institutional purchasing and accounting requirements.

Departmental procedures to implement these delegated or designated duties are the responsibility of the respective office. Designees cannot obligate the institution without proper funding authorization from an official who has budget responsibility for the funds to be obligated.

Generally, the purchasing policies and procedures of the State of Georgia address how or where an item can be ordered. The budgeting and accounting, directives of the state Department of Audits, State Accounting Office, and Board of Regents generally regulate what can be ordered with funds. For purchasing at the institutional level these various sources of policy are applied as procedures by a combination of the type of item or service being purchased, the source of funding, and the total cost to meet a need.

Specific policies in Purchasing exist if there are either exceptions or exemptions from the requirement to follow state laws and regulations; otherwise everything is subject to the same process.

Commodity Sourcing Locations

  1. State Contracts, Agency Contracts, and State Mandatory Sources: When the items or services needed are on contracts authorized by the State Purchasing Office then these are to be used by the campus. Lists of these contracts are available on the State Purchasing web sites.

  2. Open Market Sources: Items and services not available from State approved sources are considered to be open market purchases. You may make Open Market purchases from the supplier that you deem most responsive and responsible in delivering your required commodities.

    1. Quotes must :
      • Display date of quoted commodities
      • All desired commodities must be displayed. A new quote must be sourced if quantity, price, or description of items needs to amended or if the quote is expired.
      • Be sourced per CSU policy of:
        • One (1) quote required for collective commodities under $10,000
        • Three (3) quotes required for collective commodities between $10,000- $24,999.99
        • Public Solicitation required for any collective commodities $25,000 and above 
  3. Agency Contracts: Agency Contracts are open contracts that have been solicited and awarded by CSU. The commodities that each Agency Contract provides must be used if your department is in need of the commodities that the Agency Contracts cover. Below are current and open contract amount Agency Contracts.

    • Uniform Cleaning and Rental Services- Cintas Corporation
    • Mat Cleaning and Rental Services- Wade Linen
    • Data Voice Answering Services- Voice Link of Columbus
    • Pest Control- Knox Pest Control
    • Diplomas and Certificates and Their Cases- Jostens
    • Athletic Uniforms- BSN Sports (Nike Brand)

Approval to Authorize Use of Departmental Funds

  1. Budget managers authorize the use of funds. If a higher level of authorization is required by internal policies of a college or division it is the responsibility of the budget manager to know those requirements and to obtain the authorizations.

  2. When submitting a Purchase Request the budget manager is authorizing use of their budget funds but is not committing the university to pay for the items on the request. The authorization to use funds does not normally commit the university to expend funds for the items or services. After it has been verified and all the required regulations have been followed then expenditure of funds is authorized.

  3. In the event the department's budget does not indicate an adequate balance to cover estimated costs at the time a purchase request is submitted, the budget manager is responsible to work with the CSU Budget Office to resolve budget issues before a purchase order can be dispatched by the Purchasing Office.

Unauthorized Purchases

In general, University departments are not authorized to make fiscal commitments against University funds except under, a CSU generated purchase order from the CSU Purchasing Department, petty cash procedures, check request procedures, or as outlined in the CSU P-card manual. If such a unauthorized commitment is made, the CSU Purchasing Office may not process a purchase order and there is no assurance such a purchase will be paid by CSU. The individual who made the purchase, or the person who directed that it should be made in an unauthorized manner, may be held personally liable to settle the matter with the supplier. If an unauthorized commitment of University funding is submitted for payment or reimbursement, it will be reviewed by an appropriate level of University Management and a case-basis determination will be made as to its disposition.

Additional Approvals Required

There can be many State or Board of Regents level approvals required for items. These change frequently and can be found on the DOAS Website. Campus policy requires additional approval for the following purchases: