Policies and Procedures

The purchase of goods and services must be made in accordance with Michigan State University policies and procedures. MSU employees and suppliers are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined below.


The Manual of Business Procedures sections for Procurement and payments include:

     Section 74: Invoice Processing
     Section 76: Independent Contractors for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens
     Section 270: Procurement Department
     Section 271: PCard
     Section 320: Lease, Lease Purchase, and Installment Agreements

Conflicts of Interest
By merit of MSU’s status as a state institution, MSU employees are considered to be public servants and are expected to adhere to state law. Suppliers are asked to disclose any and all potential conflicts of interest to MSU for appropriate review and disposition.

MSU Criminal Background Check Policy
Suppliers may be required to perform and certify criminal background checks of personnel working on MSU's campus pursuant to applicable MSU background check policies. 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Information regarding MSU FOIA guidelines and procedures.

MSU Anti-Discrimination Policy
Michigan State University’s scholarly community-building efforts occur within the context of general societal expectations, as embodied in the law. 

MSU Institutional Data Policy
The university community and external communities have expectations regarding the appropriate and ethical uses of data and their stewardship that are critical to MSU's ability to maintain public trust and confidence. 

Signature Authority
The bylaws of the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University authorize the president to execute contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Contracts signed by unauthorized faculty or staff are not binding to the university and supplier invoices may not be honored. Additionally, an individual making the commitment may be held personally responsible.

Single/Sole Source Purchase Requests
Justification for selecting a single or sole source supplier—rather than engaging in the required bidding process for purchases above $25,000—must be documented on the Single/Sole Source Justification form and attached to your requisition.

Smoke and Tobacco-free Policy
This policy applies to all persons on University property, including students, faculty, employees,
contractors, sub-contractors, and visitors, and to all persons who use university vehicles.

Trademark Protection and Licensing 
All purchases—including purchases made with a PCard—that include an MSU trademark (i.e., trademark, mark, logo, insignia, seal design, slogan, or other symbol or device associated with or referring to the university), require the merchant be licensed through the University Licensing Programs office. Any person, business, or organization with an interest in marketing products bearing the trademarks of Michigan State University needs to first obtain a license through CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company).