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Information for Vendors

About Purchasing

The Purchasing Department is part of the Procurement Service Center (PSC), a consolidated office serving the University of Colorado's campuses (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver) and System Administration.

The Purchasing Department provides leadership to the University of Colorado in the procurement of goods and services. It balances the need to provide efficient and timely service to its customers with the need to ensure sound business controls in order to protect the assets of the University. The Purchasing Department is responsible for ensuring that all purchases of goods and services are made in accordance with University of Colorado Procurement Rules and, if applicable, Federal policies.

Vendor Orientation

The Purchasing Department schedules Vendor Orientations on a regular basis to explain how the University does business. These are free of charge and open to all interested vendors. Pre-registration is required.

Purchasing Thresholds

PSC Purchasing follows the University of Colorado Procurement Rules. All purchases, regardless of funding source, are subject to the same policies. There are several ways that goods and services may be purchased, depending on what is being purchased.

How to Participate in the Bidding Process

Along with all State agencies, the University posts its solicitations on the State of Colorado's Bid Information and Distributions System (BIDS) website. BIDS is designed to notify interested vendors of the State of Colorado's intent to purchase goods or services.

Gifts and Gratuities

The University of Colorado adheres to the University of Colorado Procurement Code of Ethics. It is against University of Colorado policy for anyone involved with purchasing goods or services on behalf of the University to accept gifts, entertainment, favors or services from present or potential vendors.

Small Business Program

The University of Colorado operates a Small Business Program whose mission is to maximize the opportunities for small business concerns to participate in the University's business of procuring goods and services at all dollar levels.


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