Prohibited and Conditional Uses

Prohibited Uses 
Conditional Uses

PURCHASING CARD PROHIBITED USES 

The following prohibited items cannot be purchased because of issues related to safety, legal, liability, budget control, or potential abuse of the card.

  • Advances
  • Aircraft
  • Animals
  • Automated external defibrillators (AED’s)
  • Capitalized equipment
  • Chartering of aircraft or watercraft 
  • Consulting services
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Honoraria
  • Leases
  • Medications
  • Personal purchases
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Prepaid purchases
  • Purchase agreements
  • Radioactive material
  • Unmanned aircraft (drones)
  • Wearable Technology 

PURCHASING CARD CONDITIONAL USES 

The Purchasing Card may be used for the following items under certain conditions. For exceptions and additional information, visit Policy BS14 Penn State Purchasing Card Specific Restrictions of Goods and Services

  • Alcohol
  • Amazon.com
  • Bus charters
  • Catering
  • Carpet
  • Cylinder gases
  • Equipment fabrication
  • Gasoline
  • Insurance for rented vehicles
  • Maintenance agreements
  • Meals
  • Memberships
  • Gift cards
  • Postage
  • Printing, copying, and addressing
  • Rentals
  • Online auctions (eBay, etc.)
  • Telecommunications
  • Temporary services
  • Travel expenses
  • Utilities