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Presidential Letter: Purchase Authorization Limit Changed

July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014

Dear WIU Campus Community:

Effective August 1, 2014, the authorization limit for purchases requiring prior approval of a vice president or president will be increased to $1,000, from the current limit of $500. This includes: allowable purchases made by P-card, expenses paid or reimbursed on Direct Pay Authorizations, internal expenses made through journal entries, and travel expenses associated with a single event or trip. Fiscal Agent approval is still required for all expenditures, and supervisors will still be required to sign Travel Vouchers.

Please note other specific policies may require approval from the respective dean/vice president, or the president. Some existing exceptions to this policy are noted in the Policy on Business/Departmental Expenses.

In order to meet our monthly payroll and vendor obligations, it is imperative that we continue to limit spending to immediate operational needs. I appreciate your continued support and understanding during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at 298-1811.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Jack Thomas

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