Temple Purchasing Card Program Policies And Procedures

The Temple Purchasing Card (TPC) dramatically reduces the procurement cycle for small dollar purchases ($5,000 or less). Requisitioners who have been issued a TPC may process transactions online, in-person or by telephone, within the limits of these Policies. The TPC is supported by JP MorganChase (JPM), and Payments to vendors are made via JPM's Visa settlement system, known as Paymentnet. Accounts Payable makes monthly settlements directly to JPM. The TPC eliminates the need for small dollar requisitions or check requests, speeds delivery, and expedites payment to the vendor.

Obtaining a Temple Purchasing Card (TPC)

Using the Temple Purchasing Card (TPC)

Appendix A - TPC Sales Tax Exemption Status

Appendix B - TPC Unallowable Purchases

Appendix C - Related Policies




Application - Login to TUmarketplace and complete the Purchasing Card Application Form in the Showcased Services area to apply for a TPC.

Eligible Cardholders - For purposes of TPC policy, an employee must be at "H"/"T23" level or above to be eligible to obtain a card. NOTE: Individual Deans or Budget Unit Heads may restrict this further.

Authorized Approval - All applications will be approved via the workflow process in TUmarketplace.  The approvals will be based on the applicable FOAPAL string.  Every Fund and Org to be utilized on the requested card will need to be added to the requisition so that accurate approvals are acquired. 

Customized Controls - The TPC offers several control options that can be customized to suit each user's needs. To customize controls for a particular card, include a comment on the Application form. Please note that the User Access form (TUmarketplace) may be completed to grant another administrative rights to your TPC transaction activity.

Orientation Training - Purchasing will contact a new Cardholder when their card is available. All new Cardholders are required to attend a brief orientation prior to receiving and using their card. During this training session, the Cardholder will be required to review and sign a Cardholder Agreement acknowledging their understanding of the policies, procedures and responsibilities of this program. The Cardholder will also need to sign their card immediately upon receipt and activate it as soon as possible following orientation.



The TPC can be used for the purchase of most small dollar goods and services up to $5,000 per transaction. Appendix B herein contains a list of goods and services that are unallowable by TPC Policies and Procedures. This list may change from time to time as policy changes.

Unallowable charges will usually be blocked from the TPC and declined at point of sale. Although the card controls are designed to automatically limit unacceptable usage, it is the Cardholder's responsibility to be aware of Temple University's Policies and Procedures, including but not limited to the University's Purchasing Policies and Procedures, and ensure that all purchases conform to these Policies. When a Cardholder is unsure if a transaction is permissible, they must contact the TPC Administrator prior to processing that transaction.

The TPC is not intended for single purchases exceeding $5,000. Such purchases may not be split across multiple transactions, days, TUmarketplace requisitions or departmental TPCs in any manner that acts to circumvent the single transaction limit of $5,000.

The TPC can be utilized in TUmarketplace for those vendors designated as TPC-eligible purchases. Vendors that are TPC enabled will be marked as such on the TUmarketplace requisition Final Review screen, under the box labeled "TPCard (< $5K)". Purchasing strongly recommends that Departments utilize this option. TUmarketplace must be used for all purchases from TUmarketplace Showcased and Punch-out Catalog orders regardless of payment method.

Controls- As mentioned above, default controls have been put in place to cover most unallowable transactions, such as those (1) over the $5,000 per transaction limit; (2) for unallowable goods and services (listed in Appendix B herein); or (3) for any type of cash advance or ATM transaction. Transactions that are attempted and fall outside of the control parameters will be declined at the point of sale.

A variety of other limits can be customized for the Cardholder's account and usage, depending on Departmental need. Please contact the TPC Administrator if further controls are needed.

Sales Tax - Temple University is an Instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and as such, is exempt from Pennsylvania Sales Tax, and is also sales tax exempt in several other states, as listed in Appendix A herein. Thus, sales tax should not be applied to any goods purchased by Temple University in these regions. The Cardholder is responsible for informing the vendor that the goods are not to be taxed at the point of sale, and is also responsible for recovering sales tax that is incorrectly charged to their TPC. Verification of sales tax exemption can be provided to the merchant upon their request. Please contact Purchasing with the merchant's name and address when verification is needed.

Card Security - It is the Cardholder's responsibility to safeguard their TPC and account number. If a TPC is lost or stolen, the Cardholder must immediately notify JPM's Customer Service at 1-800-270-7760 and the TPC Administrator. A TPC that is subsequently found by a Cardholder after being reported lost shall be destroyed by the Cardholder.

Orders may be placed by phone, in person or via a secure online shopping site. Under NO circumstances should a TPC number be written on a fax order or in an email. If the Cardholder has a need to fax or email an order, they shall request that the vendor phone them to receive the TPC number.

Record Keeping - Whenever a TPC purchase is made, documentation shall be retained as proof of that purchase. Such documentation will be used to verify the purchases listed on the Cardholder's monthly transaction list during the reconciliation process.

Data Retention - All correspondance related to the TPC program will be retained for a minimum of seven (7) years to be consistent with other Purchasing retention procedures.

Support documentation MUST BE maintained at the departmental level for each TPC. A purchase log may be maintained by the Cardholder's department, but is not mandatory. Proper records are critical to enable audit substantiation. The careful matching of complete support documentation by the Cardholder to Paymentnet online transaction list is vital to the success of the TPC program and may be requested during routine audits.

Reconciliation - All charges must be reviewed and verified prior to the end of each billing cycle. Each billing cycle ends the 20th of the month. Cardholders have until the 21st of that month to review, verify and allocate appropriate FOAPAL(s), etc., to accurately reconcile all transactions that have posted to the cycle. After the close of each cycle, that cycle's transactions will be available only via static online statements. Either the Cardholder or authorized Users may review activity, but the Cardholder is ultimately responsible for ensuring the review process occurs for each charge that posts to their TPC account.

Disputed Charges - The Cardholder is responsible for resolving disputes directly with the merchant and, where appropriate, on Paymentnet or with JPM. The Cardholder should first attempt to resolve directly with the merchant. If unable to resolve the dispute with the merchant, the Cardholder should dispute the transaction on their Paymentnet account transactions list.

Credits and Returns - The Cardholder is responsible for ensuring that returns and associated credits have been properly reviewed via Paymentnet and accurately reflected on the monthly statement. Credit balances will not be carried forward into the next billing cycle. A Cardholder may not request that an anticipated credit be deducted from a monthly statement. The charge transaction will be processed in the month that it posts to the Cardholder's account. Any credit will be processed as a seperate transaction, possibly in a separate billing cycle from that of the original transaction. Only at fiscal year end may an anticipated offsetting credit be applied against a charge transaction. At no time may a Cardholder request a refund check from JPM.

If purchased items or credits do not appear on the monthly statement within 60 days after the date of transaction, the Cardholder shall notify the TPC Administrator.

Rebates - If a rebate is associated with a TPC transaction, it is the Cardholder's responsibility to deposit the full amount of the rebate via a Treasurer's Receipt with the Bursar's Office. The account and FOAPAL that expensed the original purchase is the account and FOAPAL that should be credited the full amount of the rebate. In addition, any gift cards or other incentives received as a result of a TPC purchase should be used for University purposes.

Cardholder Absence or Separation - Should a Cardholder take a leave of absence, their supervisor must immediately advise Purchasing. Purchasing shall either temporarily suspend or close the account depending on the expected duration of leave.

Upon notice of separation from either the department or the University, the Cardholder shall surrender the TPC to their supervisor or budget unit head, who must immediately notify the TPC Administrator to cancel the card. The plastic card should be destroyed and disposed of by the department.

Budget Unit Head Responsibilities - Must verify the propriety of all TPC purchases for their Department on a monthly basis during the cost center report review process. Additionally, it is also the budget unit head's responsibility to notify the Purchasing Department's TPC coordinator when an employee with a TPC terminates from their Department.

Compliance - Failure to comply with any of the above TPC responsibilities may result in suspension or revocation of the Cardholder's TPC.

Appendix A

TPC Sales Tax Exemption Status

Arizona Colorado Connecticut Idaho
Illinois Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Michigan
Minnesota Missouri Mississippi Nebraska
New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Non-Exempt States

Alabama California Florida Georgia Hawaii
Indiana Maryland Montana Nevada New Mexico
North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon South Carolina
Vermont Virginia Washington Washington, D.C.

States with No Sales Tax

Alaska Arkansas
Delaware New Hampshire

APPENDIX B Unallowable Purchases Blocked Goods and Services

Purchases that are covered under any University contract or that conflict with any University policy are not permitted on the TPC. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cash Advances of any kind (including cash equivalents such as Diamond Dollar card deposits)
  • Catering, restaurants & meals, food, alcoholic beverages and similar items
  • Computers, Monitors, Laptops, iPads (or similar devices of any brand), Site Licensed Software, Networking Cables, Wireless Routers, Printers & Toner/Inks
  • Contributions, Donations or Sponsorships
  • Employment/Personnel Services
  • Financial Services
  • Gifts, gift certificates/cards, florists and similar items
  • Hazardous materials
  • Items prohibited under the University's Sustainability Initiative (i.e. space heaters, personal air conditioning units, hot plates, incandescent bulbs, etc.)
  • Laboratory research animals
  • Lease of equipment
  • Personal Purchases
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Services usually provided through the Office of Facilities Management
  • Temple University Departmental Charges (such as non-credit courses at TU)
  • Travel & Entertainment
  • University-wide contract services (i.e. celluar phones, fuel, cable & pagers) 

If you have an authorized need to purchase a specific commodity within one of the categories listed above, please contact the TPC Administrator prior to making the charge, to discuss as many of the features of the TPC can be customized to improve the procurement process for your department.

Appendix C Related Policies

Purchasing Policies and Procedures


Related Information
Printable TPC Program Policies and Procedures

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