Ohio University


Purchasing at Ohio University is handled in two phases:

  1. Procurement of goods and services. This is handled by Procurement and Contract Services.
  2. 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.

Purchasing Options

Most purchases will be completed using the University's eProcurement application, BobcatBUY. This allows the University to electronically monitor and issue Purchase Orders (POs) to suppliers.

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 Purchasing Standards

Prior OMB A-110 procurement guidance will be in effect until 6/30/18. The new Uniform Guidance Procurement rules including M-18-18 OMB Statutory changes will be effective 7/1/18 and require specific methods of procurement and procurement standards to be followed. For more information regarding Federal grant regulations, see our Grant Awards Requirements.