FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE (403)
As a means of standardization and to enable the procurement of goods and services under the best possible terms, all purchases using Kansas Athletics funding must be made in accordance with procedures established by Kansas Athletics. The Athletic Business Office and, specifically, the Director of Business Operations are charged with ensuring compliance with all Kansas Athletics purchasing regulations related to acquisitions using Kansas Athletics funds or State funds allocated to Kansas Athletics.
Therefore, it is Kansas Athletics policy that all purchase transactions be channeled through the Athletic Business Office. Further, involved staff members are expected to only enter into purchase agreements which have been thoroughly investigated and prove to be in the best interest of Kansas Athletics.
Purchase Orders and Limited Purchase Orders are required for all purchases, prior to actual purchase. When a vendor does not accept Kansas Athletics PO or LPO, or is an on-line transaction, a purchase request needs to be submitted prior to purchase.
The Director of Business Operations is responsible for resolving disputes regarding the interpretation of relevant statutes or their applicability to any purchase.
Kansas Athletics owned credit cards will only be distributed to select full-time benefit-eligible staff members of Kansas Athletics. Students will not serve as an intermediary.
The Business Office currently places all on-line office supply orders with the selected vendor, Corporate Express. Other approved on-line accounts include M&M Office Supply and Office Depot. All departments have the ability to get a limited Purchase Order and physically go to the Office Depot store located in Lawrence or call in an order to M&M.
The Ticket Office/Mailroom staff handles all copy paper needs by accessing the state contract with Corporate Express. If individual departments require specific weight of paper or brightness for their laser printers, they are to order that on their own budget.
The Business Office handles and maintains the copier leases, folding machine lease, and postal meter lease.
Equipment over $5,000 is capitalized at Kansas Athletics. Every purchase requisition for equipment or an improvement to the building must have the supervising Associate/Assistant Athletics Director’s and Chief Financial Officer’s approval prior to issuance of a purchase order. Major improvements to any building are coordinated through the Design & Construction department at the University. A bid process is used in these cases. Design and Construction will then sign off on the improvements with a quote and periodic inspections by their department and all other city, county or state inspectors, as the state deems necessary, in any renovation to a state building. The University has negotiated specific vendors in some cases. This includes, but is not limited to, Coca-Cola machines & pouring contracts, The KU Union for food catering on campus, banking on campus including ATM’s, UPS for ground shipping, and FEDEX for overnight delivery. For a full list of University vendors, visit the University Purchasing Office on-line at http://www.purchasing.ku.edu/.
Kansas Athletics personnel with purchasing authority are allowed to place orders provided the goods or services requested remain within their cost center's allocated budget. Each department head with budgetary responsibility is given a monthly report of his/her budget's status. (See Policy 401B, Budget: Accountability, Control, Reports and Revisions in this Manual for additional information.) A purchase request may be instituted provided the required funds are available.
If there is not sufficient money remaining in the budget to cover the request, the request must be submitted to the Director of Athletics for approval. Monies may only be transferred from one department to another with his or her approval.
The forms required to initiate purchases for Kansas Athletics are outlined below. Care should be exercised when completing all forms, as incorrect or incomplete forms are returned to the originator. This may delay the receipt of requested items.
An official purchase requisition is required for all purchases over $250. Forty-eight hour advance notice is required.
In order to make a purchase for your office or sports program, the following procedures must be followed:
In emergency situations, a purchase order number may be obtained from the Athletics Business Office prior to preparation of the purchase requisition.
Failure to follow purchase order procedure may result in the staff member being held personally responsible for the purchase.
Limited Purchase Orders (LPO)
Approval for limited purchase orders must be obtained from the Business Office Supervisor or other designated manager via email before making any purchases.
All requests for Limited Purchase Orders must be sent to the Business Office Supervisor (email with specific information, i.e., what is to be purchased and the amount if known). Following receipt, the Business Office Supervisor will respond with approval or non-approval and copy the Purchasing Coordinator The Purchasing Coordinator will prepare the LPO and notify the person requesting it when the LPO is ready.
Purchase Requisitions (for Purchase Orders) are reviewed by the CFO for approval based upon annual budget numbers after being reviewed by the budget captain of each sport or area. Purchases need to be charged to Kansas Athletics whenever possible and not paid for by employee(s).
Whenever possible, purchases should be made at vendors who have an account with Kansas Athletics. If an employee wishes to purchase from a vendor where Kansas Athletics does not have an account, the Athletics Business Office will be happy to contact the vendor about establishing an account.
Purchases made by an employee(s) (to be reimbursed by Kansas Athletics) should be on an emergency basis only. Limited purchase orders for purchases of less than $250 are available without waiting in the Athletics Business Office, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
Whenever an employee(s) make(s) a charge purchase, all paperwork from the vendor (including cash register tapes) must be approved for payment and immediately turned into the Athletics Business Office in order that payment can be made in a timely fashion.
Check requests are used for items for purchase using Kansas Athletics corporate check when there is no invoice. Backup must be attached giving corresponding information for check request. An LPO or PO is still needed prior to this.
Reimbursement requests are used for a purchase personally made by employee. An LPO or PO is still needed prior to this.
Goods and services available under existing state contracts may be purchased from state contract vendors in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the contract.
Kansas Athletics Purchasing Requirements
Purchase requisitions should be submitted to the Athletic Business Office by the requestor. The Purchasing Coordinator makes the appropriate account entries, initiates processing and follows all transactions. A copy of the form used to initiate the purchase should be retained by the requestor.
For all material goods requested, the staff member responsible for initiating the request must provide the Athletic Business Office with a specific description of the required merchandise, a vendor name and the unit cost of each item requested. The completed purchase order is then prepared, approved and forwarded back to the requester who in turn provides it to the to vendor. Although responses to bid solicitations are normally due within 18 days after they are mailed to vendors, actual turn-around times may vary due to the complexity of the specifications and each vendor's ability to submit a comprehensive response.
Athletic Equipment Orders
Each Head Coach is responsible for initiating all requests for athletic equipment by providing the Equipment Manager with a description, style, model, estimated cost and suggested vendor for all items requested.
Uniforms, equipment and supplies that are routine for each sport should be requested at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the sport's season, to allow ample time for bids to be obtained, purchase orders to be processed and merchandise to be received.
Delivery Of Purchased Items
All athletic equipment or supplies are to be shipped directly to the Equipment Room and then distributed to the appropriate coach after the items have been entered into the appropriate sport's equipment inventory. (C.O.D. orders are not accepted.) The Equipment Manager deals directly with the vendor to rectify any shipping problems. The following steps are basic to the procurement of athletic equipment:
The reporting of partial deliveries may be delayed for no more than two (2) days to allow time for all items included in a shipment to be delivered to Kansas Athletics.
If there is a problem with the materials received (i.e. damages, overages or shortages), the vendor should be contacted immediately. The Director of Business Operations should also be notified of the problem so payment will not be issued until the problem is rectified.
University Physical Plant Services
The Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities is responsible for initiating work-orders to schedule University Physical Plant work on Kansas Athletics facilities. The Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities approves invoices from KU Facilities and Operations and submits them to the Athletic Business Office for payment of completed services.
See Policy 704B, Facilities: Maintenance for additional information.
Emergency orders are defined as: "those which, if not placed immediately, would result in:
Should any of these situations exist, purchase order numbers may be assigned via telephone.
Requisitions documenting emergency orders are to be delivered to the Business Office within 24 hours after an emergency purchase order number has been assigned. Emergency requisitions require the signature of the Director of Athletics or his designee and must be accompanied by supporting documentation detailing the nature of the emergency.
Emergencies occurring after business hours must be submitted on the first working day following the emergency.
Purchasing Card Program
Internal Business Office Procedures
The Business Office will reconcile the purchasing cards weekly. The reconcilers will verify that the purchasing card authorization form is completed correctly, will check to be sure that all receipts are attached, will check the amounts for accuracy, will verify that the purchase is within the guidelines of the purchasing card program, and will check to be sure the correct accounts are being used. After all the entries are reconciled, the Purchasing Coordinator will export them into an Excel CSV file. The Accounts Payable Coordinator will review the file and run Integration manager to load the data into the accounting system. Within the Business Office, the Accounts Payable Coordinator and Purchasing Coordinator will be issued purchasing cards. The Business Office Supervisor will reconcile the cards used by them. The reconcilers will immediately report any suspicious or fraudulent activity to the Director of Business Operations.
Procedures to obtain a card
Applications for purchasing cards must be submitted to the Purchasing Coordinator. The applications must be approved by the Head Coach/Department Manager and the supervising Athletics Director. After the application is approved, the employee must attend a training session on the purchasing card program responsibilities and procedures.
After the training session, each employee will be required to sign a cardholder agreement form and will then be issued a purchasing card.
Making purchases with the purchasing card
Violations of the Purchasing Card Policy
Prohibited Purchasing Card Transactions
1. No alcoholic beverages
2. No donations or contributions
3. No payment to individuals
4. No payments for legal or medical services
5. No payments for awards
6. No payments for fuel
7. No payments for phone or gift cards
8. No computer or software purchases
9. No expenses for travel or on-campus visits
10. No payments for hazardous materials
11. No payments for vehicle maintenance
12. No cash advances
13. No payments for contractual services
14. No payments for travel related food or entertainment.
15. No payments for gifts or office decorations.
16. No personal purchases