The University's reputation for fair, honest, and consistent
treatment of suppliers can best be accomplished if procurement
is done solely on the merits of the transaction. All University
personnel should conduct themselves in such a manner as to
foster public confidence in the integrity of the University
All persons engaged in the procurement process (whether in
Purchasing Services or in other departments) will adhere to
the following code of conduct taken from the "National
Association of Educational Buyers Code of Ethics."
- To give first consideration to the objectives and policies
of my institution.
- To strive to obtain the maximum ultimate value for each
dollar of expenditure.
- To cooperate with trade and industrial associations
and with governmental and private agencies engaged in
the promotion and development of sound business methods.
- To demand honesty in sales representation whether offered
through the medium of a verbal or written statement, an
advertisement, or a sample of the product.
- To decline personal gifts or gratuities.
- To grant all competitive bidders equal consideration;
to regard each transaction on its own merits; and to foster
and promote fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.
- To use only by consent original ideas and designs devised
by one vendor for competitive purchasing purposes.
- To be willing to submit to arbitration any major controversies.
- To accord a prompt and courteous reception in so far
as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business