NOTICE: BECAUSE OF THE CAMPUS SHUTDOWN, THE USG BUSINESS OFFICE IS DOING ALL BUSINESS ONLINE AND BY EMAIL. THE SAME BASIC REQUIREMENTS ARE INPLACE FOR PURCHASES BUT THE PROCESS IS ACCOMPLISHED DIFFERENTLY. ONCE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE INFORMATION BELOW YOUR RESOURCES WILL BE:
if you are a treasurer or officer in a USG member organization any transactions using your USG approved budget will involve Requisitions and Purchase Orders.
Making a Purchase
All financial transactions are processed by the college Research Foundation through the USG Business Office. An RF/USG Purchase Requisition Form (available in the USG Business Office, CAMB 404) must be submitted at least two weeks before you need the payment or approved Purchase Order. The Purchase Order used to complete the transaction is emailed to the organization treasurer and checks are mailed to the vendor.
See the Required Documentation for a Purchase link at left for more information on the pruchasing process.
USG is tax-exempt in New York State - if your organization is purchasing locally or ordering a product or service from within New York State your organization would be eligible to have the tax waived on the purchase. All you have to do is request a tax-exempt form from the USG Business Office and inform your vendor of our tax-exempt status and fax them a copy of the form. Some vendors will ask you to mail it with your payment. In this case make sure when filling out your requisition that you write “Please send Tax Exempt Form,” this lets the USG Business Office staff know to send the form with your payment.
USG Vendors List
USG maintains a list of vendors for many of the items and services that student groups typically purchase. The businesses on the list are ones that USG has worked with in the past. You are not required to use these vendors but consulting the list could make it easier for you to find what you need with minimum fuss over purchase orders.
Here is a PDF of the list to download or view: USG Vendors List PDF
Get a Receipt!
USG is required by our auditors to have original receipts on file. Receipts must be turned in the following business day after the purchase.
Required Event Records
Your group is required to turn in attendance sheets and advertising samples for any events that use activity fee funding. In place of paper attendance sheets you do have the option of using the Event Pass system set up through the Bengal Connect website for organization's use. Check with the Business Office for further instructions on these requirements.
Prizes and Giveaways
When purchasing prizes to give away at an event, remember your organization treasurer must fill out a USG Prize & Gifts Form. This form must be completely filled out at your event and turned in to the USG Business Office.
Items with Imprints
Make sure when you are ordering a product and having your logo or text printed on it to request a proof. Requesting a proof is important because it gives you a chance to see how it will look, to spell check all words and to approve the design. You should have any products ordered shipped to the USG Office and you will be notifed with a note in your mailbox when the order arrives. The USG Business Office will retain any packing slips from your order to confirm delivery.
If you are purchasing a service such as a DJ or performer you will need a contract from the vendor.
Vehicle Rental and Group Travel
If your group plans to travel off campus or rent a car or bus, see the sections on this site concerning those topics. In particular pay attention to the USG Travel Policy which is required for any group-sponsored excursions off campus.
All purchases MUST be pre-approved.
1. To be reimbursed you must first submit a Reimbursement Form (available in the USG Business Office) for the USG Budget Committee to review.
2. The form will be returned to your organization’s mailbox either approved or denied. If approved, you can then make the purchase. Don’t forget to keep all receipts. If the reimbursement was denied you were not approved to make the purchase.
3. Once the purchase has been made have your organization's treasurer fill out a requisition with you as the vendor and attach the receipts and a copy of the approved reimbursement form. It will take 7 – 10 days to process the reimbursement check. (Please Note: if the purchase was charged a copy of your monthly credit card statement will also be needed, with your name and the purchase highlighted; account information should be blacked out.)
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