Contracts & Agreements

The Purchasing Department is responsible for negotiating and entering into contracts for goods and services. We encourage you to reach out to us whenever you are making a purchase that will require a contract so we can guide you through the process and ensure that the contract terms and pricing are fair and that all signature requirements are met.

Contracting with a Supplier

The Purchasing Department provides a standard contract for purchases under $5,000 and works with our customers to develop and negotiate contract terms for larger purchases. If you plan to purchase goods or services that will require a contract, please contact us as soon as possible.

Signing Contracts & Agreements

The University maintains a signatory authority policy and a list of individuals who are authorized to sign contracts and agreements. No other faculty, staff, or students are authorized to enter into contracts or financial commitments on behalf of the University. Anyone who enters into an unauthorized contract or agreement may incur personal liability and be subject to disciplinary action. 

If you are planning to enter into an agreement to purchase goods or services, please contact us so we can assist you in obtaining the appropriate signatures and approvals. 

Blanket Orders

A Blanket Order (also known as a Standing Order) is a term contract or basic agreement between the University and a supplier. It is issued to a specific supplier to address recurring small purchases for a specific period of time. Visit the Tufts Purchasing Manual to learn more about blanket orders. 

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