To register for a course or see a full list of upcoming training, visit the Learning Center.
Required courses include:
- PCard (Classroom Instruction on Guidelines and Procedures) for first time cardholders and subsequently every two years through the Cardholder Refresher Online Module
- PCard Financial Manager (Online module)
Optional courses / presentations include:
- PCard Training / Transaction Coding
A PCard and a login for the Staples Advantage contract website are all that's needed to purchase office supplies. Online orders placed by 3:00 p.m. are delivered the next business day to your desk!
To request a login to the contract website, contact Lee Foreman, email@example.com, with Cardholder Name, Email address and Dept. Name, Bldg. & Room Number of department(s) for which purchases will be made.
State law, Board of Regents and University policies govern when and how purchases are made. With the PCard, items not allowed are goods and services which are handled exclusively by the Purchasing Department because of State or University requirements or which are on established university-wide contracts. Although some suppliers may accept the PCard for disallowed purchases, it is the ultimate responsibility of the cardholder to avoid the purchase of restricted items.
PCard purchase of the following items is prohibited:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Cash advances
- Computers / Software - Also internal computer cards, memory, parts, iPads - See Technology Purchases
- eBay Purchases, effective 11-12-12.
- Financial instruments (including money orders or cash equivalents)
- Fixed assets (8/21/13 - Clarification - Items costing $2500.00 or more)
- Gift certificates - Any requests for gift certificates should be routed to the Purchasing Office on a requisition and paid from a Hospitality organization only, per a bona fide award program.
- Items to be charged to "A" organizations
- Memberships - Individual (Institutional memberships allowed)
- Office supplies - Off contract orders over $49
- Direct payment to services such as PayPal or Google Wallet, from a Personal or University Account, effective 11-12-12. These services are ONLY allowed when they are the payment processor on a third-party website and do not require the setup of an account.
- Personal purchases
- Phones /Phone cards
- Postage Stamps
- Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines - Desktop
- Professional services (no one-time or contract services)
- Purchases with vendors conflicting/competing against awarded University multi-year contracts such as office supplies through others outside of the StaplesAdvangage Contract, printed documents through others outside of PrintCentral/RK Black, t-shirts through others outside of Integrity Promotions, etc.)
- Rentals formally effective 7/30/13
- Tobacco products
- Toner and ink cartridges for printers, scanners and fax machines
- Travel & Entertainment - Travel expenses including: Airline and other transportation tickets, telephone, meals while in travel status, rental cars, recreational or utility vehicles, gasoline, tolls and related entertainment expenses. Lodging reservations and payment may be made with PCard only by designated cardholders. Otherwise, lodging expenses are restricted and blocked by MCC code.
- Vehicle Rentals
A declining balance Travel Card is available for group travel expenses.
The following purchases are allowed on PCard, but require documentation in addition to the receipt retained:
- Hazardous Materials - Complete the Hazardous Materials Declaration Form online. Print and include with departmental PCard documentation. To learn what materials are considered hazardous, visit the Enviromental Health and Safety website.
Meals and Refreshments - Food or beverage purchases may require the Meal and Expense Reimbursement Form (MERF) which must detail the public purpose served by the purchase and contain appropriate signatures as designated on the form. Do I need to complete a MERF form?
PCard purchases are also subject to on-campus food service contract terms.
Click here for details of the food service contract.
Registrations - UCO Purchasing policy regarding registrations paid in advance applies to the PCard. The Prepayment of Registrations Form is required and will be kept with departmental records for all PCard registration purchases. Documentation must be in place before the transaction is made.
Hotels/Lodging - Designated cardholders only may make hotel transactions with their PCards, effective 11-17-11. Using this method, the payment information takes care of the reservation through payment completion. Travel documentation will show a PCard direct pay. Travelers, however, should be prepared to provide a personal credit card at the time of hotel check-in to cover incidentals. Note, the same travel request and other requirements still apply, and any expense in excess of conference or CONUS rates will require traveler reimbursement. Following are required and recommended documents for the PCard holder's file:
- Conference agenda with dates and designated lodging to include nightly rate; if lodging is not designated, attach CONUS rate for City & State.
- Lodging receipt showing total amount paid and zero balance.
- A copy of the traveler's out-of-state travel request, or traveler's reimbursement request, supporting the business purpose of travel.
- Awards & Trophies - Must be a part of an established annual awards program. Documentation is required. Examples of approved documentation are: program, flyer, advertisement, or online information describing the event, which can be printed and signed by the Dean or Director of the department.
For questions regarding the type of goods or services you wish to purchase, contact the PCard Manager.