Contract Services

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Getting Started

Contracts are required when the vendor requires one or for purchases over $10,000.


Template Agreements

Training and Resources for ESM-Contract Management System






Contracts are required when the vendor requires one or for purchases over $10,000.

  • If there is a one-time service or product under $10,000, a Contract or a PO is not needed, unless required by the vendor. If the vendor is not requiring a Contract or PO, your department can instead simply pay via invoice through Accounting Services. 
  • Over $10,000, Contract and Procurement policies apply. SEE PURCHASING GUIDELINES AND CONTRACT FISCAL POLICY.
  • Alternatively, if it is not a sole source purchase but is over $10,000, it is subject to Procurement requirements of informal bidding (low bid of 3 quotes) if between $10,000-$49,999.99, or subject to requirements of formal bidding (RFP/RFQs) if over $50,000.00.
  • If the service or product being contracted involves a sole source purchase over $10,000, a Non-Competitive Justification (NCJ) (No-Bid Explanation) must be provided in ESM at the point of contract entry. The NCJ must meet the criteria for a sole source purchase as follows: (1) Only one product or service can meet the specific need AND the required product or service is available from only one source; OR (2) Compatibility or consistency with past acquisitions of products or services is essential (e.g., avoiding additional costs by changing the supplier of the product or service).

Want a quick overview? Check out our workflow →

  • Following Contract entry in ESM by the Department, there is a Gatekeeper Approval conducted by Procurement and Contract Services, to place the document in contract review workflow.
  • If an NCJ is involved, it will be reviewed for Procurement level NCJ approval and then for CBO (Chief Business Officer) level NCJ approval. 
  • The document will then be reviewed by the Contracts Specialist for compliance with State law and University Fiscal Policy, negotiation and finalization of terms with the vendor, and execution of signatures.