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Purchasing Card

The Penn Purchasing Card is a University authorized buying method for low-cost, one-time purchases of non-restricted commodities from non-restricted suppliers.  The Purchasing Card complements the BEN Buys Purchasing System, Penn’s primary buying method for most products and services.

Available to authorized faculty, staff and students who have been designated as a delegated “departmental” buyer, cardholders are required to attend mandatory training prior to receiving their Purchasing Card, as well as biennial refresher sessions, while serving as a departmental buyer. The liability for this corporate Purchasing Card from J.P Morgan Chase rests with the University for payment to the bank for all transactions.  The credit card is assigned by the bank to the employee yet is issued in the name of and on behalf of the University.  Use of the card does not impact the cardholder’s personal credit history.

Cardholders should follow card usage guidelines to ensure the proper use of Purchasing Card.  Purchasing from restricted suppliers and commodities is not permitted. Use of the University’s Purchasing Card is a privilege granted by Penn and will be revoked and disciplinary action taken in the event of abuse, inappropriate or fraudulent use, or failure to perform required cardholder administrative duties.

Program Administration

Card Program Administrator
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Suite 440A, 3401 Walnut Street

There are a number of guides and documents to help authorized cardholders use their purchasing card in accordance with University policies and procedures.