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101 Executive Summary

The policies on this webpage have been streamlined and reformatted, and are now available on the University Policies webpage. We ask that you use this new resource, as future changes, additions to or eliminations of these policies will only be made to the University Policies webpage, and policy manuals you may have used in the past will no longer be updated. 


The goal of the University of Missouri Procurement Services is to provide guidance and assistance to University departments that will ensure their purchase dollars are spent in a manner that provides the best value to the University. Also, facilitating the acquisition of appropriate supplies, equipment and services for the University while maintaining open fair and competitive processes. University policies and procedures have been instituted to foster achievement of this goal. It is the responsibility of every member of the University of Missouri Procurement Services Staff to be informed about these policies and procedures, to abide by them and to assist user departments in compliance.

The University’s governing policy is enacted by the Board of Curators and issued in the Collected Rules and Regulations (CR&R). The Business Policy Manual (BPM) is a system-wide collection of administrative policies, which build upon Board policies. This manual gathers Board policy and System administrative policy relating to Procurement, and adds procedures designed to promote consistency in the use of “best practices” throughout the University.

In case of any conflict or question about policies or procedures, the precedence is as follows:

  • Collected Rules and Regulations
  • UM Business Policy Manual
  • Purchasing Policy Manual