VIP numbers are used to facilitate communication of charging instructions in our eProcurement solution, SciQuest and our online shipping solution, eShipGlobal. VIP numbers are also used to set up a default charging instruction when preparing EMS expense reports.

A VIP number is a 10 character “alias” that is linked to a specific 27-33 digit University charging instruction (PTAO - Project, Task, Award, Organization). The first 3 characters are always VIP, followed by 7 numbers. VIP numbers are linked to a generic VIP expenditure type, 822000.

Business Offices typically have one or more persons assigned to create and maintain VIP numbers for their department.


Procurement VIP Training Scenarios

Procurement VIP User’s Manual 2003


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