Laws, Policies and Procedures

No employee shall contractually commit the University without receiving prior authorization.

All Procurement policies and procedures are approved by the agency head, and follow the Commonwealth of Virginia Purchasing Manual for Institutions of Higher Education and their Vendors.

FY20 Signature Card Contains the names, titles and signatures of University officials with authority to sign procurement and surplus property documents issued by the University of Mary Washington.


The University of Mary Washington, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, shall ensure that public procurement is accomplished in accordance with the Governing Rules as set forth by the Virginia General Assembly.

The University’s Procurement Team abides by the ethical standards set forth in the Ethics Section of the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA), and is dedicated to upholding the shared values of transparency, accountability, and integrity.  In addition, the Code of Virginia requires all employees of public institutions to comply with the Conflict of Interests Act §2.2-3100 et seq., Ethics in Public Contracting §2.2-4367 et seq., and the Freedom of Information Act, §2.2-3700 et seq.

In short, employees cannot:

  • accept any money, gifts, transportation, lodging, meals, event tickets, etc. from vendors, with the exception of giveaways at trade shows that are available to all participants
  • participate in a procurement if employee is employed by a company involved in the transaction, or if the employee’s immediate family holds a position with a company or has a financial interest in the transaction
  • have a separate contract as a vendor to provide goods/services to the university
  •  have a financial interest in a contract with the university.  The most common way a financial interest occurs is if employee or a member of employee’s immediate family receives a salary in excess of $5000 from a contracting entity, even if the employee or family member does not work directly on the university’s contract.

More information regarding ethics, conflicts of interest, and the Freedom of Information Act can be found at: (Code of Virginia) (VPPA within Code of Virginia) (State and Local Gov’t C.O.I. Act) (FOIA)



*Purchasing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drone devices requires authorization from the Chief of Police, Director of Emergency Management and Safety, and the University Chief Information Officer.*

Administrative Appeals Procedure

(“Rules” §55)

Although the University is authorized to establish an administrative appeals procedure, it has chosen not to develop such procedures, but rather will rely on legal action for such determinations (Rules” §56). However, the University reserves the right to use Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for hearing appeals from decisions on disputes arising during the performance of a contract or when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the University.