Purchasing & Strategic Contracting

Code of Ethics

The UMass Lowell Purchasing Department adheres to the highest possible ethical standards and has adopted the National Association of Educational Procurement Code of Ethics (NAEP), which includes:

  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 suppliers equal consideration insofar as state or federal statute and institutional policy permit.
  5. Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of good faith, devoid 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. Receive consent of originator of proprietary ideas and designs before using them for competitive purchasing purposes.
  8. Make every reasonable effort to negotiate an equitable and mutually agreeable settlement of any controversy with a supplier; and/or be willing to submit any major controversies to arbitration or other third party review, insofar as the established policies of my institution permit.
  9. Accord a prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call on legitimate business missions.
  10. Cooperate with trade, industrial and professional associations, and with governmental and private agencies for the purposes of promoting and developing sound business methods.
  11. Foster fair, ethical and legal trade practices.
  12. Counsel and cooperate with NAEP Members and promote a spirit of unity and a keen interest in professional growth among them.

State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission is a non-partisan, independent state agency, consisting of five members who are appointed to serve staggered, five-year terms. The Commission staff are organized into three separate divisions: Legal Division; Public Education and Communications Division; and Enforcement Division.

The mission of the State Ethics Commission is to foster integrity in public service in state, county and local government, to promote the public's trust and confidence in that service, and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties. We strive to accomplish this mission by conducting ongoing educational programs, providing clear and timely advice, and fairly and impartially interpreting and enforcing the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws.

Request Advice from the Legal Division
Anyone who is covered by the conflict of interest law may request free legal advice about how the law applies to them in a particular situation. The advice is confidential in most circumstances.