Navigating the Contract Review System

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Gather Contract Details

Before submitting a contract request for review, be sure you KNOW the following:

Contract Type
Contract Value
Project ID (required for all expense contracts)
Supplier/Vendor ID (required for all expense contracts): How do I get a supplier added to the Financial System?
Vendor Contact Name and Email: Used to contact for questions and route DocuSign external signature

Before submitting a contract request for review, be sure you HAVE the following:

Contract Document incl. Scope of Services (if appropriate)*
Sole Source Memorandum (needed for services above $5,000)
Independent Contractor Checklist (if appropriate)

Once you have all of these you are ready to submit your contract for review!

*Preferred method of upload is MS Word (unless on University Template)

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Find a Supplier ID/Onboard a New Supplier

Find a Supplier ID in the Contract System

When submitting a contract for review, a supplier name is required. For all expense contracts, a supplier ID (vendor ID) is also required. Having a supplier ID means that the supplier has been set up in the Financial System. For zero-dollar-value and revenue-generating contracts, a supplier ID is not required, and the supplier name can be typed in the Supplier Name field.

To find an existing supplier and supplier ID for your contract:

  1. Start typing the name of the supplier in to the Supplier Name field
  2. Use the autofill drop down list to select your supplier if found
  3. If not found, click on the magnifying glass to open the “Look Up Supplier” pop-up window and see all records corresponding to that name or keyword
  4. Once found, click the “Select” button to add the supplier to your contract review form
  5. The supplier ID will autopopulate and you will be able to submit the form upon completion of other required fields

What if I can’t find my supplier in the “Look Up Supplier” pop-up window? This means that the supplier has not been registered in the Financial System. You must set them up with Supplier Information Management. Here’s how…


To onboard a new supplier, you will need to send them an invitation to register with PaymentWorks. Please use the instructions provided in our Campus Manual to send the invitation and learn more. Once the supplier has completed the registration process, you will receive an email with their Supplier ID. The new supplier will be available in the contract system the day after you receive their Supplier ID.

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Disable Pop-Up Blocker for Contract Portal

The first time that you authenticate in to the new contract management system in any browser, you will have to disable the pop-up blocker. Please follow these instructions in order. Note: These step-by-step instructions are for Chrome.

  1. Navigate to the contract system via the Contract Review webpage or in the Portal using the Purchasing Contracts tile.
  2. A pop-up window will appear in the middle of your screen with a warning message. DO NOT Click OK button yet.

3. In the browser URL bar, to the right you will see a pop-up blocker notification. Click on this pop-up blocker icon.

4. In the new pop-up blocker window, select the “always allow…” radio button and click the “Done” button.

5. Now you can click the “OK” button in the warning message pop-up window.

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Submit a Contract Request for Review

First, navigate to the Purchasing Contracts tile in the Portal or to the Contract Review webpage > Submit a Contract Review Form Button to access the contract management system.

To add the tile to one of your homepages in Financials:

1.  Click the three lines next to the home button (aka the hamburger)
2. Click “Personalize Homepage”
3. Click “Add Tile”
4. Type in  “Purchasing Contracts”
You can also find the link to the system via the Navigator: Financial Systems>Procurement>Purchasing Contracts.

Submit a Contract Request for Review

Submit a Contract Request for Review [Video]

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Attach a Document to My Contract Request

Attach a Document to My Contract Request [Video]

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Check on the Approval Status

Check on the Approval Status [Video]

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Search for a Contract [Video]

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What do the Contract Statuses Mean?

Each contract has a status that provides a general idea of where the contract is in the review process.

Here’s what each of them mean:

DraftAn unsubmitted contract OR a previously submitted contract that was rejected during approval process
Pending ApprovalYour submitted contract is currently being reviewed by necessary approvers and is still awaiting full approval*
Waiting on DepartmentPurchasing needed further information so reached out via email or phone and is awaiting department user response
Negotiating with SupplierYour contract has been sent to vendor and is currently being negotiated
ApprovedYour contract has been reviewed and approved by all approvers and the DocuSign envelope is being sent out to the appropriate signatories
Pending SignatureA DocuSign envelope has been sent to the signing parties and is awaiting signature
SignedYour contract has been fully signed by all parties and you have been notified by email
ActiveYour signed contract’s term is currently in effect
ExpiredYour signed contract’s term is no longer in effect
*You can check on where the contract is pending at the approver level by navigating to the Approvals tab of the contract record  

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Why is my contract still in a draft status/why is it not moving?

Your contract is in a draft status because you haven’t submitted for review yet. Each form has a save/cancel buttons that allow you to create drafts of contracts, but in order to submit these drafts for review, you must click the green “Submit” button.

Here’s where it’s located on the form. Note: You must have all required fields completed and a document attached in order to submit a contract request.

*Contracts may also be in a status of draft because the contract was rejected by an approver due to missing or incorrect information. You will receive an email regarding the rejection and any action needed. The contract is reset to draft so you can edit and resubmit if appropriate.

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Why can’t I edit my contract?

Once you submit your contract for review, you no longer have the ability to edit the contract. But you will be able to view exactly where the contract is in the approval process. Don’t worry, you will receive an email once the document is signed!

If you need to make a change on the contract request, please email

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Where do I find my Signed Agreement?

Once a contract is fully approved, a DocuSign envelope is sent to each party to obtain the signature(s). Once all signatures have been collected, a copy of the signed agreement is sent to each of the signatories and you, the requester, are sent an email notifying you that the contract has been signed.

In that email, there is a hyperlink to view the contract in the contract management system.

  1. Click on the link in the email
  2. Click on the “Documents” tab
  3. Under the Contract Documents section, find the new attachment labeled “Signed Agreement”
  4. Click on the attached file to view and download a copy of the signed agreement

You can also use the My Contracts tab to monitor the status of all contracts.

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Oops…I uploaded/attached the wrong document to my contract draft. How do I replace it?

Navigate to your contract draft and click on the “Documents” tab.

  1. Click on the edit icon of the document you need to replace
  2. Click the “Attach/Manage” link
  3. Click the trash can icon to remove the document you accidentally uploaded
  4. A message will appear asking you to delete the latest version or all versions. Select Delete All Versions if you are trying to replace the whole document (and not just a version)
  5. The document will be removed from that window. Click the “Attach Files” button to browse out and select the correct document
  6. Click “Finish” and “Save”
  7. You will see the old document has been replaced by the newly uploaded document

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