Working with Contracts

For U Faculty & Staff

Purchasing Services works closely with our partners in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to help facilitate the contracts processes for the University. These tools will help University staff when contracting with an outside supplier.

Standard Contracts

Insist on using a standard University Contract for whatever good or service you are buying. The OGC has created Standard Contracts for the University's most common purchases. A Purchase Order is the most frequently used standard contract. These are some other frequently used standard contracts:

Additional Standard Contracts can be found in the University’s Contract Library.

University-Wide Agreements

University-Wide Agreements are special pricing agreements pre-arranged by Purchasing Services with suppliers for goods and services. Departments may simply order against these contracts for up to $249,999.

A list of University-Wide Agreements can be found on the University-Wide Agreements page.

Negotiated Contracts

When purchasing from a supplier that refuses to accept a Purchase Order, a Standard University Contract, or is not currently listed on our University-Wide Agreement page, then a negotiated contract may be used. A negotiated contract must be reviewed by the OGC or Purchasing Services before making your purchase. To prepare for this review, complete a Contract Review Worksheet.

Additional Resources

Learn more about contracts at the University: