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Principles for Acquiring & Paying for Products and Services

Administrative officials are responsible for ensuring that purchase and subsequent payments for products and services comply with policy and approved methods, and meet business, agency, and legal requirements.


  • Avoid exposing the university to legal and financial risks by enforcing policies and procedures to ensure that all regulatory, agency, and accountability requirements are met in advance of an acquisition or commitment for products and services.
  • Allow for payment within the accepted terms and conditions by ensuring that unauthorized faculty and staff do not enter into unofficial commitments and do not execute informal contracts and agreements on behalf of the university.
  • Support established supplier and provider relationships so that products and services are acquired with favorable terms and conditions and the university receives the best value.


  • Purchases of products and services comply with relevant UC Davis Policies & Procedures Manual Section to fulfill the requirements for competition, are negotiated according to the specific requirements for the commodity/service, satisfy contractual requirements for pre-approvals and indemnification certification, and do not otherwise compromise the public trust.
  • Requests for payment of invoices and/or reimbursements are not submitted for processing and charges of expenditures to the UC Davis Purchasing Card are not made without meeting all requisite policy, approvals, and certification.
  • Transactions that are not in compliance with policy are dealt with to ensure that approvals and certifications are executed, even if this requires after-the-fact actions, and those responsible for unauthorized transactions receive proper training and are made aware of consequences.