Helpful Purchasing Instructions

Chartwells Food Purchases

  • All Chartwells Purchases require a Purchase Order.
  • Purchase Order Requisitions require a quote with an event code issued by Chartwells even if it is to eat in the dining hall.
  • The requisition must be submitted to the Purchasing Office PRIOR to the event.

Non-Chartwells Food Purchases

  • When ordering food from another vendor for an on-campus event that is over $250, you are required to get a quote from Chartwells and two other vendors.
  • If Chartwells is less expensive, you must purchase from them per the University contract.
  • If you want to buy from a vendor that is not the lowest bid, then approval from the Vice President for Finance & Operations (VPFO) must be obtained.

Hef Funds

Are limited to the purchase of capital equipment items which:
Have a life of greater than one year
Individual cost over $250.00 and
Are stand-alone equipment and not a component part


Paper Ordering Information

Effective September 1, 2016, copy paper will no longer be ordered once per month from a contract.  Paper may be requisitioned like other office supplies as needed.  You are encouraged to order from the Cardinal Purch punch-out suppliers.

Promotional Items

Promotional items are:
  • given out for free
  • have Lamar University's name or logo printed on them (normally)
  • are purchased in bulk (normally). 

Include the following information / supporting documentation with the requisition:

  1. Department identification
  2. Who has the authority to approve the distribution?
  3. Event information, i.e. date, time place
  4. Objective / Purpose
  5. Who gets the items?
  6. How and why the recipient is decided
  7. Must be clearly stated that it is understood that NO employees are to receive the items

All of the supporting documentation MUST be maintained within the department for Audit Review.

Purchase Order Exception List

 “Request to Pay Vendor” forms may be used to authorize payment in instances when it is not required to obtain a Purchase Order.  The original invoice or receipt must accompany the “Request to Pay Vendor” form.

Purchase Orders are not required in a limited number of situations:

  • Any type of postal and freight service
  • Utilities
  • Interlibrary loan charges in amounts less than $50
  • Scholarship – Books
  • Athletic medical expense after filed on insurance
  • Travel related expenses - Encumbered Request to Travel must be attached.

Sales Tax Exemption Forms

Sales Tax Exemption forms are issued by the Purchasing office for a specific purpose, such as departmental ProCard purchases and hotel stays. 
It is NOT acceptable to have a blank, signed form in your department that you fill in as needed.
Request one by emailing the vendor name and address to , be sure to include where you want the form sent.

Sam's Club Orders

  • Submit the requisition a minimum of 7 working days in advance of your need for the order.  In times of high requisition volume, such as the beginning of the fiscal year, it is highly advisable to submit them even sooner.
  • Sam's Club requires 72 business hours lead time after they receive purchase order to pull the items in the order. *Please note that we do not deliver Sam's items on non-work days.
  • If you're ordering bakery or deli goods by telephone, please have the order pickup time 7:00am. *Please note that special order items such as breakfast trays, cheese trays, cakes, cupcakes, etc. from the bakery or deli are often not available and Purchasing is not notified until the day we are scheduled to pick them up.  You are strongly encouraged to order these kinds of items from another source, such as Chartwell's, Rao's Bakery or Market Basket.
  • Create on-line cart at and attach it to your requisition for price verification.
  • Include contact person's name and numberplace where the order should be delivered and date items are needed on the requisition in the first line item of your non-catalog form.
  • Check on the status of your order by contacting the Purchasing Department at

Uniforms for Faculty and Staff

Uniforms are usually T-Shirts, but can be anything purchased for an employee to wear in a work function, like hats or jackets.
  • Include the names of the individuals to receive the uniform items on the requisition.
  • The department's uniform policy must be attached to the requisition.