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The purpose of UW-Whitewater Procurement Card Program is to establish a more efficient, cost-effective method of purchasing and paying for small dollar ($5,000 & under) transactions within established limits. The program is designed to replace blanket purchase orders, quick orders and the use of of personal funds reimbursed by the University.
The use of the Procurement Card results in a University liability, NOT a personal liability for the cardholder. Your credit rating will not be affected. However, remember that you sign an agreement with the University prior to receiving the card and as such you are responsible for any misuse of the card as outlined in this agreement.
Any misuse of the card or other failure to comply with the program procedures may result in the following cardholder consequences:
Revocation of card
Employer disciplinary measures, if appropriate. In addition, if the misuse involves personal transactions, the cardholder is subject to criminal prosecution and held responsible for making full restitution."
If the material will be shipped or delivered, tell the vendor to enclose or mail a copy of the receipt/invoice with each shipment. Have the vendor mark it “Credit Card Order - Paid” to avoid duplicate payments.
If the material is picked up, obtain the itemized receipt indicating the purchase price.
Maintain a purchase record log. (Very Important)
Save the original receipts/shipping invoices in an envelope
Record keeping is essential to ensure the success of the program. This is not extraordinary requirement. Standard payment and reimbursement policies require retention of receipts and other documentation.
You will receive a statement for your account directly from Elan the card company. (An electronic billing file is sent to the University for payment processing.)
It is your responsibility as the cardholder to verify the correctness of the statement against your purchase record and receipts. Sign the purchase record and file it with the receipts. A post audit will be performed by Financial Services and/or the University internal auditor.
You are responsible for following up with the merchant or bank on any erroneous charges, disputed items or returns as soon as possible. Disputed billings can result from failure to receive the goods charged, defective merchandise, incorrect dollar amounts, duplicate charges, credit not processed, as well as fraud and misuse.
If you have a problem with a purchased item or a billing resulting from use of the VISA Procurement Card, you should first try to reach a resolution with the supplier that provided the item. In most cases disputes can be resolved directly between the cardholder and the supplier.
If you have a disputed charge and cannot reach resolution with the supplier, complete the US Bank Visa Procurement Card Billing Inquiry Form and send it to US Bank Financial Services with a copy to Michael Hirschfield. This written notice of dispute must be received by US Bank within 60 days of the date that US Bank sent the first statement or transaction file.
Credits Referring to your receipt, request from the merchant that a credit be placed on your card account. If the item was shipped, refer to the shipping form you kept with your purchase record.
Returns A credit should be issued for any item that the supplier has approved for return. The credit will appear on a subsequent statement. Any item purchased with the Purchasing Card that is returned must be returned for credit. Do not accept a refund in cash or check format.
Make sure you keep documentation of credits, returns and exchanges with your purchase record.
You must notify Michael Hirschfield, University Procurement Card Administrator immediately when you discover your card is lost or stolen.
Unlike personal credit cards where cardholders are responsible for paying the first $50.00 if the card is stolen or misused, the Procurement Card program holds the University responsible for paying all charges resulting from stolen or misused cards until Elan has been notified.
On weekends or after university business hours, you should report a lost or stolen card or other emergency situations, by calling US Bank at 1-800-344-5696. At the first available opportunity, report the same information to your University Procurement Card Administrator
The program is designed to be simple and easy to use and to provide you the items needed to perform your job more quickly and with fewer steps to accomplish the task. However, we need to maintain appropriate controls to ensure the ongoing success of the program.
It is incumbent on you to exercise good best-buy judgment when using your procurement card.