All purchase requests should be submitted to the Purchasing Office ( on a Soc Sci Purchase Request Form.

Please use one Purchase Order Request Form per vendor when ordering several items.

Attach all quotations or other descriptive information to the Purchase Order Request Form.

Computers and other equipment purchased with University controlled funds remain the property of the School of Social Sciences.

Certain items will need justification letters in order to meet audit requirements. These can be in narrative or paragraph format and need not be lengthy. They can be sent as an email or as a memo.

  • Single Source-to be used in the case there is more than one source, but you must use a specific source. This should include the reasons for the exception to competitively shop for the item(s). Usually, the price is not alone acceptable. Matching existing items, electrical interfaces, availability and/or warranty issues are most frequently approved.
  • Sole Source-to be used when there is only one manufacturer or supplier in the world (or within reason) for the item(s) needed.



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