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. Authority for the purchase of most goods and services at the university is ultimately delegated to Cornell Procurement Services. University Policy 3.25, Procurement of Goods and Services, provides overarching guidelines for procurement and requires compliance with procedures outlined in the Buying Manual. The processes and procedures documented in the Buying Manual have been developed to help achieve responsible stewardship of university funds and are based on sound business practices, best value, accountability, and compliance with donor, sponsor, and regulatory requirements.
Prior to purchasing goods or services, familiarize yourself with the following: