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The college recognizes the benefit of cooperative purchasing as a method to create greater buying power, as well as reduce administrative costs.  To the extent practical, the college shall work with other partners to establish cooperative purchases.  Additionally, the college shall include a clause in all solicitations that allows for cooperative purchases, when feasible.  The college shall also utilize existing available governmental contracts if it is determined that the college shall receive the best value from that contract.  All purchases made through cooperation shall still be required to comply with all other relevant purchasing procedures.

Under no circumstances shall the college assume any obligation for performance, payment, or other duty implied, nor shall it be construed that the college may be held accountable for any agency participating in the cooperative effort. 

Policy Manual Review/Revision:   07/01/10