The Procurement Department (Purchasing) administers procurement and contracting for all University departments in accordance with responsibility and authority delegated by the University's President. Procurement is responsible for converting purchase requests (requisitions) into purchase orders, contracts, or procurement card transactions using procedures established by Legislative regulations, State law, and the policies and directives of the CSU Board of Trustees and the President of California State University, Fresno. Each procurement transaction is evaluated on its own merits and is processed in a manner that promotes fair, ethical and legal practices.
Purchases that are made without the advance involvement of the Procurement Department are in direct violation of the Government Code and CSU and local campus policies. Such purchases are the responsibility of the individual personally making the purchases, not the University. The only exceptions are items allowed under direct pay process and the procurement card. Procurement transactions in excess of a person's delegated authority are also considered unauthorized.