The Datatel Colleague Financial System is a real-time software program that includes a database which tracks financial information for the University. The Procurement Module includes a requisition request screen which allows approved AU faculty and staff to enter a request for goods and services. This request is then available for the Procurement Staff to review and purchase the required item. When the items are accepted by the department and the invoice is received by Accounts Payable, a check is processed for payment to the vendor. All of these steps are linked to one another and provide an accurate and efficient audit trail of expenditures by AU departments.