PUR 201–02: Authority for Procurement
To define the authority for committing the university to the procurement of goods and services
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual - 3-802
Purchasing and Business Services is the central authority for the procurement of goods and services required by any university department or agency. All procurements must be made in accordance with the Board of Regents’ policies and the rules and regulations prescribed by the director of Purchasing and Business Services.
No individual other than the director of Purchasing and Business Services has the authority to place an order directly with a vendor, to enter into a contract or lease, or to obligate the university in any way unless:
Committing University Funds
The commitment of university funds is authorized only by issuing a purchase order or by signing an approved contract.
Procurements or other commitments made by unauthorized personnel are not legal and binding upon the university and may result in a personal obligation for the individual making the procurement or commitment.
For transactions of less than $50,000, the director of Purchasing and Business Services may make an exception and issue a confirming purchase order after the responsible employee has completed an Approval of Commitment of University Funds form, has certified that he or she has read and understood The Rule Book for Purchasing at Arizona State University, and has been advised that the fact that he or she has reviewed the rule book will be taken into consideration should there be another violation of purchasing policies and procedures.
For transactions of $50,000 or more, the responsible employee must initiate an Approval to Issue Purchase Order form. This form is sent to the director of Purchasing and Business Services for a recommendation of approval or denial. The director of Purchasing and Business Services sends the form to the Office of General Counsel for a recommendation of approval or denial. The form is then sent to the senior university administrator authorized to approve the transaction. The names of senior administrators authorized to approve this form may be obtained from the director of Purchasing and Business Services.
In either of the above cases, if a confirming purchase order is issued, it will contain language to provide the supplier involved with notice that this and all future procurement must comply with Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University procurement policies, and that all purchase orders must be issued by an authorized representative of ASU Purchasing and Business Services.
Departments may authorize Purchasing and Business Services to procure goods or services with funds from departmental budgets by sending Purchasing and Business Services an online document through Advantage.
The approval placed on the online document certifies that sufficient funds are available in the account, that the requested procurements are legitimate expenditures against the account, and that all the necessary internal approvals have been obtained. Such approvals could be required by the appropriate department chair, dean, vice president, or other internal authority.
Advantage will preencumber funds automatically for those offices using the online system.
As exceptions to this general policy, university employees may obligate university funds via the following methods:
For further information on contract approvals, see PUR 202, “Contract Signature Authority.”
For further information on purchases that do not require a purchase order, see PUR 301–02, “Purchases Not Requiring a Purchase Order.”
For further information on making an on-campus order, see the PUR 302 series.
For further information on small orders, see the PUR 304 series.
For use of the Departmental Professional Services Order, see