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General Purchasing and Payment Options

Purchase Orders (PO)

Contact Carley Kukuk for purchasing questions at kukukca@uwec.edu. (36-5171)

If total of order is under $5,000, process and submit an e-Form Purchase Requisition.

  • If total of order is over $5,000 but under $25,000, You must obtain bids from at least 3 vendors unless using existing DOA or UW-Madison contracts. Keep in mind that there are mandatory contracts in place for various items (e.g. office supplies must be purchased through Shop@UW.). Contact the Purchasing Office for further information. Once quotes have been obtained and low bidder has been determined, an e-Form Purchase Requisition should be processed with quotes attached to the requisition.
  • If total of order is over $25,000 but under $50,000 and there is no existing contract that can be referenced, the Purchasing Office should be contacted for guidance on the appropriate request for bid process.
  • If total of order is over $50,000, and there is no existing contract that can be referenced, an Official Sealed bid must be processed. Purchasing Office should be contacted at this point.
  • Accounts Payable office will receive the invoice from the vendor.  The invoice will be matched to the corresponding PO.
  • A copy of the invoice with the following statement in "red" will be returned to the department:  "Being Paid – This copy is for your records only. Call 36-4529 within 7 days of Accounts Payable date stamp to withhold or adjust payment."
  • It is the department's responsibility to notify Accounts Payable office if the invoice is not correct.
  • If we receive no response from the department within 7 days, the invoice is paid.

Direct Payments – Use for supplies and services less than $5,000

Contact Sheri Kuberra at kuberrca@uwec.edu or 36-5999.

It is always a best business practice to order supplies and services using an official purchase order. The procurement credit card can also be used for ordering supplies. In the few instances that a purchase order or procurement credit card cannot be used, a direct payment can be used.

  • There are mandatory contracts in place for various items, (e.g. office supplies must be purchased through Shop@UW. Contact the Purchasing Office for further information.
  • The direct payment method cannot be used for the following purchases: Capital Equipment, Leases, or Rentals. The Purchase Order (PO) process listed above should be used instead.
  • Contact vendor to order supplies or services.
  • Have invoice sent directly to your department.
  • Verify items received against invoice received from vendor.  Vendor must bill UW-Eau Claire, not an individual.
  • Submit the Direct Pay e-Form, attaching the invoice and supporting documentation.

  • NOTE: Provide a separate Direct Pay e-Form for each invoice.
  • NOTE: Keep original receipts and supporting documentation for the current fiscal year, plus the past fiscal year.
  • Accounts Payable office will pay the vendor.