Usage & Non-Allowed Expenses

The University Purchasing Card is designed to simplify small-dollar purchases (at dollar levels determined by each department’s management center) related to University business. It is a universally accepted MasterCard, and thus can be used on site with suppliers, over the phone or the Internet. Cards cannot be lent to colleagues; the only person authorized to use the card is the one whose name appears on its face. Please refer to the CWRU PCard Policy for additional information.

In general, the card cannot be used for the purchase of personal items or certain University-related products. These prohibited products include (not exclusive):

  • Animals

  • Radioactive materials

  • Gas cylinders or gasoline

  • Prescription drugs, narcotics and other controlled substances

  • Cell phones & pagers

  • Copier supplies

  • Donations

  • Furniture

  • Gift cards and gift certificates

  • Consultants

  • Office supplies

  • Temp services

  • Travel