The Service Center offers support for purchasing and accounts payable activity on campus.
The Service Center will process all invoices. Here is some useful information about getting these paid.
Invoices Received by Departments
For smooth processing of invoices received directly by the Departments, please do the following:
Invoices Received by Service Center
Some invoices come directly to the Service Center. In these cases, the Service Center will:
New Canon Copier Invoices
Lease and per copy charges for new Canon copier contracts will be sent to the Service Center as part of an invoice that includes all campus machines. Since rates for both were negotiated through the contract, the Service Center will pay the invoice automatically to the index codes provided at time of lease. Budget Authorities will have access to review usage on these invoices found on the Service Center Shared Drive. Those departments splitting charges or charging departments for usage will coordinate with their Service Center Accountant to determine best way to JV charges.
Invoice Entry Timeline
As part of our continuing efforts to reduce administrative costs, the Service Center and IT have teamed up to begin bulk purchasing of printer/copier paper. To order, complete the Paper Request Form or call at 541-552-6321. Deliveries are once a week on Friday. You’ll need to let us know which Index code to charge and how much paper you need. FMP stocks 8.5″x11″ white paper sold by the case (10 reams per case).
Print and Copy Services stocks the following paper by the ream, which can be ordered here;
What kind of paper is available?
At the moment, we are just bulk purchasing white, 8 1/2″ x 11″ 30% recycled paper.
Why are you buying 30% recycled paper?
Not only does it help SOU meet its sustainability goals, it is required by official policy of the university.
Why shouldn’t we just call or run down Staples or Office Depot to buy paper instead?
We are able to the secure the best price for the university by purchasing in bulk. The price for paper, especially recycled paper, goes up considerably when it is purchased by the ream.
IT and Service Center have partnered to select a single vendor to provide copiers for the campus. Through a competitive bidding process, Canon has been selected for the initial contract.
As copier contracts expire or if a department requires a new copier, either your Purchasing and Contracting Specialist or
Computing Coordinator in IT can assist you with acquiring a new Canon copier on the contract.
What does that mean for my existing copier/multifunction device?
As a copier comes off lease, its replacement will be a Canon device. All new device leases will co-terminate, so we will not have to use this phased-in approach again.
Do we have a choice of device?
Of course, as part of the RFP, we solicited a number of “standard” configurations for color, low/medium/high volume, and paper handling. Additional options, such as envelope feeders, are also available.
What’s the advantage of a single vendor?
Aside from getting a better price for the campus and simplifying billing, we’ll also have a set of standard features available across all devices.
Does this mean that I can call IT for help with my malfunctioning copier?
Yes! One of our goals for this project was to make it possible for IT to provide copier support. Reducing the number of copier vendors from at least five (really, we have five copier vendors) to just one makes this possible.
Any other advantages?
Another goal of ours is to make it easier to share copiers between departments and even divisions. At present, this requires a lot of manual bookkeeping to share costs (as a couple of departments already know). Our plan is to automate this process and allow any faculty/staff member to use any Canon copier on-campus with their copies billed back to their home department/program.
Does anyone else do this?
Our colleagues at both Oregon Tech and Rogue Community College have been managing their copier fleets in this way for many years. RCC also recently awarded their contract to Canon.
Technology purchases of single items costing less than $125 will be permitted without prior IT approval. These items can be acquired using your Departmental SOU Procurement Card, or by sending the item information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For items costing more than $125, please contact your Computing Coordinator to assist with selection of compatible and recommended technology equipment and software. Once an item has been selected, email the item information to email@example.com.
There are two ways to purchase items:
If you have specialized purchasing needs (such as medical or lab supplies) or if you have questions about a purchase, please contact your Purchasing and Contracting Specialist for further assistance.
For further information about purchasing policy at SOU, please visit the Purchasing webpage or contact your Purchasing and Contracting Specialist.