LAB PURCHASES

Note: This page will mostly be relevant only for the lab manager.

 

What to Pay With & When

The P-card should be used to purchase most things, with a couple exceptions:

  • Internal vendors, e.g. the Dartmouth Computer Store, poster printing at Baker-Berry Library. Internal vendors should be paid using a chartstring, which bills our account directly. Right now we only have one chartstring, but this may change if we get more accounts (e.g. grants)
  • Travel reimbursements. See the travel reimbursements page for more info

Both the P-card info and the chartstring are saved on our lab's LastPass account.

Lab Purchase Policies

  • The p-card monthly limit is $5,000
  • There is a single order limit of $2,500
  • If we want to purchase a single item that is more than $2,500, we can work with Laura to set up a purchase order for that item
    • You'll need to get a quote from the company and send it to her as a pdf
    • This can take awhile sometimes, so be as proactive as possible about pushing it through
  • Whenever you make a p-card purchase, you must email Laura with:
    • The business purpose of the purchase (just a sentence or two)
    • The vendor
    • The dollar amount
    • The receipt, if the p-card purchase is $75 or larger
  • Purchases should be shipped and billed to:

[Insert Lab Manager's Name]
Psychological and Brain Sciences
6207 Moore Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
USA

Good Purchasing Practices

The following aren't hard rules, but are good practices to follow to ensure things run as smoothly as possible (and to make Laura's life easier!):

  • Don't try to circumvent the $2,500 single-order limit by purchasing part of your order one day and the rest the next day. This is called "pyramiding," and will get you in trouble. Wait AT LEAST a week in between if you need to split up your order
  • For monthly charges of fixed amounts, e.g. software subscriptions, let Laura know ahead of time. That way she doesn't have to ask you what the charge is for when it pops up each month
  • If you want to hire an independent contractor or consultant, e.g. to program something for the lab, let Laura know well in advance. There's extra paperwork she'll need to send you
  • Always check with Laura if you aren't sure about something! Policies are always changing, and accidentally violating them can have big consequences for the lab