Suppliers and Competition

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the best overall value to the university for the expenditure of funds; this includes the use of preferred suppliers, establishes USC’s competitive bidding requirements, and identifies other supplier requirements.


University community members incur various types of expenses as they perform tasks and duties that support the operations of the university and further its mission.

Expense Business Purpose and Approvals

All university expenses must be necessary and reasonable in terms of price and purpose. Therefore, each university reimbursement and payment request must be supported by a written business purpose, regardless of the item, type of service, amount or form of payment.

Independent Contractors

The Internal Revenue Service requires the university to properly classify independent contractors. This policy and the accompanying independent contractor website (see below for link) identify the steps, documents and processes necessary to ensure proper classification of and subsequent payment to independent contractors.