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3.25, Procurement of Goods and Services

Note: This policy incorporates the following previous university policies: 3.5, Paying for Services (Independent Contractors/Consultants); 3.5.1, Service Provider Payments (Independent Contractors/Consultants)-Weill Cornell Medical College; and 3.12, Procurement Card. 

Policy Statement

Cornell University’s Board of Trustees delegates significant procurement authority for the acquisition of goods and services from external sources on the university’s behalf. This authority is ultimately delegated to designated purchasing agents and contracting officers. These stewards of university funds must base such purchases on sound business practice, best value, accountability, and compliance with donor, sponsor, and regulatory requirements. Further, the university expects individuals making purchases to follow the principles referenced in this policy, as well as the procedures described in the university's official Buying Manual.

Entities Affected by this Policy

All units of the university

Policy Information 

  • Responsible Executive: Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible Office: Cornell Procurement Services
  • Dates: Issued: February 9, 2009; Last Updated: May 18, 2015
  • Contact: Your local college or unit administrative office or the Cornell Procurement Services

Violations of Finance Policy

Violation of a financial policy should be reported to your supervisor, your human resource representative, unit manager and/or the office responsible for the policy. Where these resources are inadequate, you may choose to make an anonymous report through the Cornell University Hotline.

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University Policy 3.25, Procurement of Goods and Services

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