7.2 Purchase of Goods and Services
The Office of Business and Financial Services - Office of Procurement Services is authorized to establish procedures that facilitate the purchase of equipment, materials, commodities, supplies, general services, and professional and artistic services. When conducting a competitive solicitation, no other individual or unit has authority to commit the University to purchasing goods and services, unless that authority has been specifically given to them by the Assistant Vice President of Procurement Services.
The University offers three mechanisms by which to requisition goods and general services.
Information regarding methods of requesting Professional and Artistic Services can be found in 17.1 Consultants and Other Contractors for Professional and Artistic Services.
Reason for the Policy
The Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/20) states the applicable source selection and contract formation requirements for University purchases.
Applicability of the Policy
The Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education promulgates small purchase limits/competitive solicitation thresholds. A competitive solicitation is required for a purchase that exceeds the competitive solicitation thresholds unless the purchase is subject to one of the following exceptions:
- Sole Source Purchases (single supplier) or Sole Economically Feasible Source
- Emergency Purchase (including Quick Purchases) see also Section 7.5 – Emergency Purchases
- Gifts or Bequests to the University if the donation provides majority funding for the procurement see also Section 11: Gifts and Endowments
For a purchase that does not exceed the small purchase limits, the University is required to establish practices that ensure maximum reasonable competition and promote small businesses, diversity, transparency and other statutory policies. Documentation of each purchase must be maintained in the procurement file. This policy outlines the procedures to meet these requirements. See 44 IL Admin Code 4.2020 for additional information.
Ethical Purchasing Practice
The University complies with State of Illinois requirements regarding ethical purchasing practices including potential procurement conflicts of interest in accordance with the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act and the Illinois Procurement Code. Please contact the Purchasing Division for information regarding current requirements.
Employees must avoid accepting any kind of gratuities, tips, or gifts. This includes merchandise, cash, or services for the performance of their duties, either past or future. See 9 Audits and Internal Control - Employee Gift Policy for additional information.
Related Policies and Procedures
7.2.1 Competitive Selection Process
7.2.2 Exceptions to the Competitive Selection Process
7.2.3 Purchases below the Small Purchase Limit (Small Purchases)
Restricted Items & Purchases Requiring Special Approval
Last Updated: January 15, 2017 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance | Effective: January 15, 2017