A contract is an agreement between two or more parties creating obligations that are enforceable or otherwise recognizable by law, in other words, a legally enforceable promise.
- Per the SPG 601.24, only Procurement Services has the delegated authority to sign contracts.
Contract types recognized by U-M
Non-University-Wide Supplier Contracts: Procurement recognizes that university units each have a unique product and service needs. Non-University-Wide supplier contracts are often initiated at the unit level.
University-Wide Contracts: should be used by all University units for high volume, commonly purchased items (office supplies, lab supplies). These contracts have negotiated pricing, delivery and other terms and conditions favorable to the University. The prices, terms, and conditions of sale have been pre-negotiated by Procurement. Some contracts allow the use of Shortcodes to place orders.
One-Time Buy Contracts: A one-time buy contract has no expiration or renewal date; the contract is in effect until satisfactory completion of services or product delivery/acceptance.
Upon completion, Procurement Services will review your request. These reviews may include analysis by the University’s General Counsel (OGC), Information Assurance (IIA) and Risk Management teams.
- Expect to hear from Procurement Services within 48 hours, if we require additional information. Upon review, you will be provided a contract number for your reference.
- Please see the Contract Monitoring document for more details on the responsibility of both the unit and Procurement Services based on the different contract types.