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Business Services for Faculty and Staff

The Business Office is a unit of SIPA’s Office of General & Financial Administration which serves as the liaison between the University’s Finance Division and SIPA’s students, faculty, staff and affiliated Institutes and Centers. We provide a broad range of financial support services. These services include but are not limited to the processing of non-salary invoices, check requests, purchase orders, and reimbursements for travel and business expenses.

We also provide guidance on budget preparation, revision, monitoring, and reconciliation to ensure alignment with Federal and University financial policy and procedure. For salary related issues go to SIPA’s Office of Human Resources.

SIPA’s business office also assists the Office of Academic Affairs in providing faculty with general financial support. The business office assists by monitoring faculty research accounts and department operating budgets to ensure that Federal and University policies and procedures are followed.

Please direct questions and feedback to the SIPA Business Office:

SIPA Business Office
International Affairs Building
420 West 118 Street, Room 408
New York, NY 10027

Tel.  212-854-4116
Fax. 212-864-4847

Employee Expense Reimbursements
See the University's guidelines for reimbursement.
Transportation Information
Find University guidelines for travel. Travel Portal.
Business Forms for Staff
Find the forms you need.
Business Forms for Faculty
Check Requests and Wire Transfers
Find out what information is needed to process your Check Request or Wire Transfer.
Approved Vendors
Approved vendors simplify your purchases.
Internal Transfers
Interdepartmental invoices are automatically charged to your account for goods or services provided by Columbia University offices, including Facilities, Columbia Catering, and Printing Services, etc. Request estimates, where possible: these offices will call the Business Office to verify that your account has sufficient funds to cover expenses and will cancel orders if funds are not available.
Procurement Documents & Policies
This section contains documents and policies related to processing purchase orders.