Code of Ethics

Penn State Purchasing Services adheres to the National Association of Educational Procurement Code of Ethics to which we subscribe.

Common sense and good judgment are to be used at all times. 

Code of Ethics

  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 in adherence with The Pennsylvania State University's policies AD86 Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment and AD88 Code of Responsible Conduct.   
  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 NAEB members and promote a spirit of unity and a keen interest in professional growth among them.

National Association of Educational Buyers

July 1, 1985

In addition to the NAEP Code of Ethics, we adhere to the following Penn State policies.   However, due to Purchasing's role at the University, we hold ourselves to a higher standard and have reduced the allowable amount from $100 to $50. 

Gifts and Entertainment

All employees of The Pennsylvania State University adhere to Policy AD86 Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment and AD88 Code of Responsible Conduct.  

Effective 4/5/16