Procurement Services Auxiliary Services

Special Purchases

Special purchases refer to purchasing situations where the competitive bidding process is not utilized. This may be a result of an emergency, compatiability of equipment, contract or license agreement requirements, significant savings to the University or a unique product or service is only available through one source.

Purchases under $10,000

On purchases of $9,999 or less, the delegate must document the required business justification on the Special Purchases Form (pdf) and retain it in the delegate’s procurement file.

A solicitation process or pre-approval by Procurement Services is not required. The delegate may negotiate deliverables, but Procurement Services must approve the terms and conditions before signing the contract.

Purchases $10,000 and greater

Purchases that are $10,000 or greater require pre-approval from Procurement Services and may be considered a special purchase. Procurement Services will evalute the request and determine the appropriate procurement method, which may or may not include the competitive bidding process.

Required Forms

The delegate must complete the following forms and submit them electronically to Procurement Services:

Procurement Services staff will determine the best procurement method for the request and provide the delegate with next steps and estimated processing timelines. 

Contact the Strategic Sourcing staff if you have questions about this process.