Selection of Vendors Policy

SJSU purchases from the lowest cost vendor who can meet our requirements. Vendors are selected by the informal bid, formal bid, or formal proposal process. There are two exceptions: Sole Brand and Sole Source purchases.

  • Sole brand items have unique performance features not found in other items, but are available on the open market from multiple sources.
  • Sole source items have unique performance features not found in other items and are available only from a single manufacturer or from a dealer with exclusive distribution rights.

If you think your web requisition order may qualify, please complete the Sole Brand/Sole Source Justification (pdf).