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UMBC Department of Procurement

Code of Ethics

The department of procurement personnel exercise sound business judgement and maintain the highest ethical and moral standards in the conduct of university business and personal matters. UMBC endorses and is covered under the Code of Ethics for the Executive Branch Officers and Employees promulgated by the Executive Order of the Governor dated September 4, 1969. The Department of Procurement further subscribes to the professional Code of Ethics advocated by the National Association of Educational Buyers which is as follows:

 
  1. Give first consideration to the objectives and policies of my institution.

  2. Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure.

  3. Decline personal gifts or gratuities.

  4. Grant all competitive Offerors equal consideration insofar as the established policies of my institution permit, and regard each transaction on its own merits.

  5. Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of mutual confidence and integrity, void of intentional misrepresentation.

  6. Demand honesty in sales representation whether offered through the medium of a verbal or written statement, an advertisement, or a sample of the product.

  7. Use only by consent original ideas and designs devised by one vendor for competitive purchasing purposes.

  8. Accord a prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business missions.

  9. Be willing to submit any major controversies to arbitration or other third party review, insofar as the established policies of my institution permit.

  10. Cooperate with trade and industrial associations, governmental and private agencies engaged in the promotion and development of sound business methods.

  11. Foster fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.

  12. Counsel and cooperate with NAEB members and promote a spirit of unity among them.

With regard to matters that may involve a conflict of interest within the Department, such matters should be brought to the immediate attention of the Director.

 

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UMBC Department of Procurement
Administration Building, Room 301
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Telephone: (410) 455-2273
FAX: (410) 455-1009