Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions



Please note: A listing of preferred vendors will be posted soon.

Q: Why should I utilize the suggestions of the Director of Purchasing; after all, who knows better than I do what goods or services I need?
The Director of Purchasing is not here to dictate your needs, but to offer suggestions for obtaining the best value. As the user of the products or services, you have the best understanding of what works best for you. However, as a central resource, the Director will have knowledge of trends in the marketplace, how to leverage the overall spend of the college departments and ideas for obtaining the best value.

Q: Why do we bid pricing on products and services?
The purpose for bidding is to guarantee that Connecticut College always receives the best prices for quality goods and/or services. Allowing vendors to compete in an unbiased and open setting assures that we receive the best possible value.

Q. How and where can I get a Purchase Order form? 
Purchase Orders are provided by Purchasing, at purchasing@conncoll.edu. You need to make sure the selected vendor is in the Banner vendor database. If they are not, you need to obtain a signed W-9 form from them. You also need to provide a vendor quote and FOAPAL information for where the item/service will be charged.  The departmental budget administrator or someone given authorization by the Budget Administrator must approve the FOAPAL usage.

Q. How long does it take to get a PO after submitting vendors quote and budget approval? 
Purchase Orders will be processed within 48 hours unless more information is needed to complete the PO. In cases where more information is needed, the process is dependent upon the time needed to obtain the necessary information. In emergencies, a PO number will be provided as quickly as possible, usually the same day.

Q. What do I need in order to have a check sent with the PO?
You need to provide an original invoice, original receipt, or an order form from the vendor with the Purchase Order. Faxes are not acceptable.

Q. Where can I get Tax Exempt Certificates? 
Connecticut College Tax Exempt Certificates are available from Accounts Payable in Fanning 101.

Q. Who do I contact when I have a question regarding purchasing an item?
Call Purchasing at Ext. 5328 or send an email to purchasing@conncoll.edu

Q. What are Connecticut College's purchasing terms?
Connecticut College has a 30 day billing cycle (net 30) or with a standard discount (2% net 10). Other terms must be approved by the Controller.

Q. Can I purchase office supplies online?
Yes, once you have been authorized and a password has been set up for you. The password will be given to you when the system is explained. We are currently using WB Mason as the online vendor. Contact Purchasing, at purchasing@conncoll.edu for more information.

Contact Information:

Purchasing
Connecticut College
Fanning Hall
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
purchasing@conncoll.edu
Phone: 860-439-5328
Fax: 860-439-2095