Purchasing at Ohio University is handled in two phases:
- Procurement of goods and services. This is handled by Procurement and Contract Services.
- Payment for delivered goods and services. This is handled by Accounts Payable.
Our mission is to serve the University with a customer-centric focus. We provide expertise in procurement sourcing, risk management, and timely payment to the University's external suppliers while ensuring compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, University Policy, and GAAP. Working together, the University community can reduce costs through collective purchasing and efficient payment processing. Our goal centers around assisting the planning units in saving money and resources that can be used to support the University's core educational and research activities while protecting the institution from unacceptable risk.
Suppliers and vendors wishing to do business with the University should visit our Supplier Information page.
Most purchases by will be completed using the University's eProcurement application, BobcatBUY. This allows the University to electronically monitor and issue Purchase Orders (POs) to suppliers. A small subset of items may be purchased as a Direct Payment. These may be obtained without a pre-established PO and would be paid by submitting a Direct Payment Form within BobcatBUY. Allowable items can be found in our Direct Payment List.
Travel and some low-cost purchases may be made using a Purchasing Card (PCard). These cards may only be used for official University business and have transaction limits in place. Cardholders are expected to follow the PCard rules and guidelines and must complete a training before obtaining their card.
Uniform Guidance Delay
The University will delay implementation of the Uniform Guidance procurement section as provided by the waiver of procurement rules stated in the Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of The Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards in §§200.317-200.326, released December 19, 2014. The new procurement guidelines will take effect July 1, 2018, and, in the interim, the University will follow the guidance of the prior standards (A-110). For more information regarding Federal grant regulations, see our Grant Awards Requirements.