UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 05-02-03
CATEGORY: FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
SUBJECT: Code of Ethics
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 12, 2003 Revised
This policy establishes a code of ethics, subscribed to by the University of Pittsburgh
All individuals with purchasing authority on behalf of the University must:
- Give first consideration to the objectives and policies of the University.
- Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure.
- Ensure that all procurement related financial transactions are handled honestly and
- Decline personal gifts or gratuities. See senior level approval for acceptance of
nominal gifts of appreciation. Avoid conflicts of interest, both real and perceived.
Never use University assets or information for personal gain.
- Grant all competitive suppliers equal consideration insofar as state and federal statute
and institutional policy permit, and insofar as it serves the best interests of the University.
- Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of good faith,
devoid of intentional misrepresentation, with honesty and integrity.
- Demand honesty in sales representation whether offered through the medium of a
verbal or written statement, an advertisement, or a sample of the product.
- Recognize that even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be very
damaging to the reputation of the University.
- Receive consent of originator of proprietary ideas and designs before using them for
competitive purchasing purposes. Protect information that belongs to the University,
our customers, suppliers, and fellow workers.
- 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 the University permit.
- Accord a prompt and courteous reception insofar as conditions permit to all who call
on legitimate business
- Cooperate with trade, industrial and professional associations, and with governmental
and private agencies for the purposes of promoting and developing sound business
- Foster fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.