Questions & Answers
Q. A family friend is involved in the sale of an item that the university frequently purchases from another vendor. Could I ask the university to consider switching vendors?
A. While it is possible that such a vendor may offer attractive goods and services, the university wishes to avoid such relationships as they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Q. A department has a need for a piece of equipment that is valued at $10,000 or more (capital equipment). Is it permissible to commit the university to purchasing the item from a certain company prior to obtaining the required bids?
A. No. Federal regulations relating to grants require that three bids be received for the purchase of equipment in excess of $10,000. However, if three bids can not be obtained there must be written justification for not obtaining the required number of bids.