The Contracts and Purchasing Department under the division of Administration and Finance is responsible for providing and directing University faculty and staff to sources capable of providing a continuous supply of goods and services necessary to fulfill their responsibilities in support of the mission of the University. Therefore, the Contracts and Purchasing Department works closely with our vendors to ensure that the quality of goods and service they provide are acceptable and at a fair price. Thus, Contracts and Purchasing aims for quality customer service, earning the maximum value of every dollar spent, facilitate healthy business relations and to ensure that Gallaudet University abides by all the policies, laws and regulations set forth by Gallaudet University, the District of Columbia and the United States.

For companies interested in being added to our vendor list, please complete this form and return it here.


Purchase Order Process:

  • An order for goods will be processed within 7 business days of receipt of the requisition provided that all the necessary information is on the requisition.  (There are times when the order volume is high and this cannot be met - ex. year-end)
  • All campus requisitions are processed in the order they were received.
  • If you provided an email address on the requisition form you will receive an email notification that the order/purchase order has been placed.  If an order is placed via Fax or mail then you will receive your PO via campus mail.

Contract Process:

  • The Contracts and Purchasing department makes every attempt to send out all contracts within 7 business days, provided all necessary information is included on the requisition.
  • A contract is sent to the vendor via FedEx (unless the address is a PO Box then it is mailed) to the vendor for signature.
  • A PO is not obligated for a contract until the signed contract is returned to Contracts and Purchasing.
  • Once the contract is received the PO will be obligated and you will receive a PO and a copy of the contract via email.  


In preparation for the fiscal year-end (FY2015), please be aware of the following dates in reference to purchase orders: (dates will be provided by August 1, 2015)

Furniture Items:

ALL Purchase Requisitions for furniture items should be submitted no later than TBA.   If the merchandise is out of stock or the vendor is unable to provide the goods by TBA then the order will not be processed using Fiscal Year 2015 budget funds. Please contact  as soon as possible to expedite the planning and requisition process.

Endowments and donations:

Purchase Requisitions must be submitted by TBA. Invoices must be submitted to the Finance Office by TBA.

Operation Departments:

Purchase Requisitions must be submitted by TBA. All invoices for goods and services delivered by TBA must be approved and submitted to the Finance Office as soon as possible.

Closing Purchasing Orders

Please review your department's purchase orders. If the final invoice has been paid and there are funds remaining, please notify  to de-obligate the funds to close the purchase order.

Purchase Orders will be closed on the following schedule:

  • Less than $100 remaining will be closed TBA
  • Less than $500 remaining will be closed TBA
  • Less than $3,000 remaining will be closed on TBA 

Year 2015 purchase orders with a remaining balance as of TBA will be reviewed for closure and invoices may instead be charged to the department's Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

Staples Advantage Orders:

The last day to order from Staples Advantage for purchases to be charged to Fiscal Year 2015 is TBA.

Contact our office should you have any additional questions.

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