New Speaker Engagement Letter for Virtual Events 10/26/20
Available Now - A new Virtual Speaker Engagement Letter template (Word) for virtual events. This new Letter must be used for all remote speakers using a virtual platform, regardless of dollar amount (including if no honorarium will be paid). Approval for the event’s virtual format is required from Purchasing’s IT/ADA Contract Analyst prior to sending the new Letter to the speaker. A pdf copy of this approval email must be attached to all requisitions and/or check requests for virtual speakers. Please review the updated requirements for this Letter (PDF).
New copier contract 10/22/20
Purchasing Services is pleased to announce that UVM’s new supplier for multi-function devices (Copiers) is Kyocera Document Solutions New England (KDS). While KDS may be new to UVM, we’ve had Kyocera copiers on campus previously and they will be familiar to many of you.
Mike Niebur, Branch Manager Vermont for KDS will begin contacting departments who have leases with SymQuest that have expired since April. The process for ordering copiers will be similar to what it has been in the past although, please be aware of the following changes:
- We ask departments to reassess their true printing needs based on recent changes of working remotely with digital/electronic capabilities, and not having access to a copier. Do you need more than a basic copier?
- Please evaluate whether your department can achieve savings by consolidating copiers within your unit or with another department.
- Purchasing Services will be reviewing and signing all quotes before orders are placed.
- A purchase order will be issued to US Bank for the equipment lease amount only.
- Kyocera will bill for actual image usage monthly directly to Disbursement Center
Please note – SymQuest will continue to provide service for the existing copiers on campus until the lease term expires and the equipment is returned.
If you have any questions, please direct them to the attention of Deb Harvey.
COVID Compliance for Essential Suppliers and Contractors 8/14/20
As UVM begins to resume business operations, please review our process that requires all suppliers, vendors, consultants, and contractors (suppliers/contractors) to adhere to strict safety standards while on campus. This process includes acknowledgement of completed required training, and following current UVM and state COVID-19 protection protocol. Over 300 suppliers/contractors are currently compliant.
A supplier/contractor will not be allowed onto the UVM campus or into its buildings/ facilities, including any off-campus facilities, unless an acknowledgement form has been duly signed and returned to UVM in advance of a scheduled visit.
- UVM Essential Supplier/Contractor Form (PDF)
- COVID-Compliant UVM Suppliers List (Excel)
- Acknowledgement Procedure (PDF)
Important information for our campus suppliers
As you may know, the University of Vermont is limiting student and business functions by decreasing individuals allowed on campus. As such, the procure-to-pay essential functions are being maintained by a reduced staff. Our response time to supplier requests and inquiries may increase during this timeframe and we thank you for your patience in advance. More information here:
- In order to ensure your payment during this time, we ask all of our suppliers to engage in invoicing the University electronically, by sending PDFs directly to the Disbursement Center Accounts Payable team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you currently send paper invoices to individual departments, we ask you to remit PDF versions to those departments for processing.
- Signing up for an ACH payment (Word) will ensure you receive payments from the University if you electronically send us your invoices as well. This form should be sent to the Disbursement Center via secure file transfer to email@example.com.
For those suppliers who are not signed up for ACH payments and are invoicing us electronically and would like to receive a paper check as form of payment, please be advised there will be a delay in producing and mailing paper checks until the University returns to normal operations.
UVM's purchase order process is administered by the Purchasing Services department within University Financial Services (UFS). Purchasing Services is responsible for establishing, providing oversight of, and ensuring compliance with all University procurement requirements. The Purchasing team helps faculty and staff identify, select, and acquire needed goods and services as economically as possible. All University personnel are required to follow University purchasing and procurement policies and procedures to ensure that quality and service standards are met and to provide accountability of University expenditures.