Policies and Procedures
Policy 1240 – Emergency or Pressing Need Purchases
March 1, 1998
October 2, 2014
October 2, 2014
Director of Purchasing Services
Extraordinary purchasing procedures may be used to accommodate emergency or “pressing need” conditions as defined here.
1. An emergency is generally defined as a situation that endangers lives, property or the continuation of a vital program; and which can be rectified only by immediate, on-the-spot purchases or rental of commodities, printing or services.
2. A pressing need is one arising from unforeseen causes including, but not limited to, delay by contractors, delay in transportation, breakdown in machinery or unanticipated volume of work.
Supplies or equipment may be purchased without competitive bidding in an emergency situation.
Reason for Policy
The University enacts this policy in accordance with North Carolina purchasing guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The climate control system that keeps our rare, expensive lab mice alive has failed. This must be fixed immediately! How do we get what we need right now?
A: In the case of an extreme emergency, authorized University personnel may take whatever purchasing action necessary to protect human life or University property. This should be followed by a written explanation and summary of the action taken submitted to the Purchasing Services.
Q: My department was just given some additional money but needs to spend it within the next several days. Can this be considered an emergency purchase?
A: No, your circumstances do not fit the emergency or pressing need criteria as listed above.
Q: A critical piece of research equipment just broke and needs to be repaired immediately. Can I get a purchase order to handle a $10,000 repair?
A: Yes, but you will need to send Purchasing Services a justification letter along with a requisition explaining your pressing need request. Once approved, Purchasing Services will issue a purchase order for the repair.
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October 1, 2014: Revised naming of requisition.
August 2, 2010
November 13, 2003