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Terms and Conditions for Purchase Orders

This document sets forth the mandatory terms and conditions for Purchase Orders required by Salisbury University and the Procurement Policies and Procedures of the University System of Maryland. The Contractor agrees that the University’s acceptance of and payment for the goods and/or services are conditioned upon the inclusion of the terms and conditions set forth below.


All terms and conditions of the solicitation, and any changes thereto, are made a part of this contract.


The State is generally exempt from Federal Excise Taxes, Maryland Sales and Use Taxes, District of Columbia Sales Taxes, and Transportation Taxes. Exemption certificates shall be completed upon request. Where a Contractor is required to furnish and install material in the construction or improvement of real property in performance of a contract, the Contractor shall pay the Maryland Sales Tax and the exemption does not apply.


The Contractor shall furnish all labor and all materials, equipment, supplies or services in order to complete the total work in accordance with the Federal and State laws and regulations and to the specifications contained in the solicitation.


Delivery shall be made in accordance with the instructions set forth in the contract documents and/or solicitation specifications. The University, in its sole discretion, may extend the time of performance for excusable delays due to unforeseen causes beyond the Contractor's control. The University unilaterally may order in writing the suspension, delay, or interruption of performance hereunder. The University reserves the right to test any materials, equipment, supplies, or services delivered to determine if the specifications have been met. The materials listed in the bid or proposal shall be delivered FOB the point or points specified prior to or on the date specified in the bid or proposal. Any material that is defective or fails to meet the terms of the solicitation specifications shall be rejected. Rejected materials shall be promptly replaced. The University reserves the right to purchase replacement materials in the open market. Contractors failing to promptly replace materials lawfully rejected shall be liable for any excess price paid for the replacement, plus applicable expenses, if any.


No employee of the State or any department, commission, agency, or branch thereof whose duties as such employee include matters relating to or affecting the subject matter of this contract shall, while so employed, become or be an employee of the party or parties hereby contracting with the State or any unit thereof.


The Contractor agrees not to discriminate in any manner against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or physical or mental handicap unrelated in nature and extent so as reasonably to preclude the performance of such employment and to post and to cause subcontractors to post in conspicuous places available to employees and applicants for employment, notices setting forth the substance of this clause.


The Contractor shall comply with State Finance and Procurement Article, §§13-221, Annotated Code of Maryland, which requires that every business that enters into contracts, leases or other agreements with the State and receives in the aggregate $100,000 or more during a calendar year shall, within 30 days of the time when the $100,000 is reached, file with the Secretary of State certain specified information to include disclosure of beneficial ownership of the business.

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The Contractor shall comply with Article 33, Sections 30-1 through 30-4, Annotated Code of Maryland, which requires that every person that enters into contracts, leases, or other agreements with the State of Maryland or a political subdivision of the State, including its agencies, during a calendar year in which the person receives in the aggregate $100,000 or more, shall file with the State Administrative Board of Election Laws a statement disclosing contributions in excess of $500 made during the reporting period to a candidate for elective office in any primary or general election. The statement shall be filed with the State Administrative Board of Election Laws: (a) before a purchase or execution of a lease or contract by the University, a county, an incorporated municipality or their agencies, and shall cover the preceding two calendar years; and (b) if the contribution is made after the execution of a lease or contract, then twice a year, throughout the contract term, on (1) February 5, to cover the six month period ending January 31; and (2) on August 5, to cover the six month period ending July 31.


The Contractor warrants that neither it nor any of its officers, directors, or partners nor any of its employees who are directly involved in obtaining or performing contracts with any public body has been convicted of bribery, attempted bribery, or conspiracy to bribe under the laws of any state or the federal government or has engaged in conduct since July 1, 1977, which would constitute bribery, attempted bribery, or conspiracy to bribe under the laws of any state or the federal government.


Pursuant to §7-201 et seq of the Corporations and Associations Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, corporations not incorporated in the State shall be registered with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, 301 West Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, before doing any interstate or foreign business in this State. Before doing any intrastate business in this State, a foreign corporation shall qualify with the Department of Assessments and Taxation.


The Contractor warrants that it has not employed or retained any person, partnership, corporation, or other entity, other than a bona fide employee or agent working for the Contractor, to solicit or secure this agreement, and that it has not paid or agreed to pay any person, partnership, corporation, or other entity, other than a bona fide employee or agent, any fee or any other consideration contingent on the making of this agreement.

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Materials, supplies, equipment, or services shall comply in all respects with the Federal Noise Control Act of 1972, where applicable of purchase or use of materials, supplies, equipment or services covered by this contract.


All materials, supplies, equipment, or services supplied as a result of this contract shall comply with the applicable U.S. and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act standards.


Upon written notice to the Contractor, the University may terminate this contract, in whole or in part, whenever the University shall determine that such termination is in the best interest of the University. The University shall pay all reasonable costs incurred up to the date of termination and all reasonable costs associated with termination of the contract. However, the Contractor may not be reimbursed for anticipatory profits. Termination hereunder, including the determination of the rights and obligations of the parties, shall be governed by the provisions of USM Procurement Policies and Procedures.


When the Contractor fails to perform its obligation under this contract properly and on time, or otherwise violates any provision of this contract, the University may withhold payment at the discretion of the University and/or terminate the contract by written notice to the Contractor. The notice shall specify the acts or omissions relied upon as cause for termination. All finished or unfinished work provided by the Contractor shall, at the University’s option, become the University’s property. The University shall pay the Contractor fair and equitable compensation for the satisfactory performance prior to receipt of notice of termination, less the amount of damages caused by Contractor’s breach. If the damages are more than the compensation payable to the Contractor, the Contractor will remain liable after termination and the University can affirmatively collect damages. Termination hereunder, including the determination of the rights and obligations of the parties, shall be governed by the provisions of the US Procurement Policies and Procedures.  


This contract shall be subject to USM Procurement Policies and Procedures. Pending resolution of a claim, the Contractor shall proceed diligently with the performance of the contract in accordance with the procurement officer's decision.

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If the General Assembly fails to appropriate funds or if funds are not otherwise made available for continued performance for any fiscal period, this contract shall be canceled automatically as of the beginning of the fiscal year for which funds were not appropriated or otherwise made available; provided, however, that this will not affect either the University’s rights or the Contractor’s rights under any termination clause in this contract. The effect of termination of the contract hereunder will be to discharge both the Contractor and the University from future performance of the contract, but not from their rights and obligations existing at the time of termination. The Contractor shall be reimbursed for the reasonable value of any non-recurring costs incurred but not amortized in the price of the contract. The Contractor may not recover anticipatory profits or costs incurred after termination. The University shall notify the Contractor as soon as it has knowledge that funds may not be available for the continuation of this contract for each succeeding fiscal period beyond the first.    


Contractor agrees to indemnify and save harmless the University, it's officers, agents and employees with respect to any claim, action, cost or judgement for patent infringement, or trademark or copyright violation rising out of purchase or use of materials, supplies, equipment or services covered by this contract.


The provisions of this contract shall be governed by the laws of Maryland.


Contractor agrees to include on the face of all invoices billed to the University, its Taxpayer Identification Number, which is the Social Security Number for individuals and sole proprietors and the Federal Employer Identification Number for all other types of organizations. If a Purchase Order is used, the Purchase Order Number must be included.


The regulations set forth in USM Procurement Policies and Procedures in effect on the date of execution of this Contract are applicable to this Contract.


The University shall not assume any obligation to indemnify, hold harmless, or pay attorneys fees that may arise from or in any way be associated with the performance or operation of this contract.

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Any proposal for terms in addition to or different from those set forth in this purchase order or contract or any attempt by the Contractor to vary any of the terms of this offer by Contractor's acceptance shall not operate as a rejection of this offer, unless such variance is in the terms of the description, quantity, price or delivery schedule, but shall be deemed a material alteration thereof, and this offer shall be deemed acceptable by the Contractor without the additional or different terms. If this purchase order is an acceptance of a prior offer by the Contractor, the acceptance is expressly conditioned upon Contractor's assent to any additional or different terms contained herein. The Contractor understands and agrees that the terms and conditions of this purchase order may not be waived.


The contractor warrants that the contractor shall comply with COMAR 21.11.08 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace, and that the contractor shall remain in compliance throughout the term of this purchase order.


The Contractor shall retain and maintain all records and documents relating to this Contract for three years after final payment by the State hereunder or any applicable statute of limitations, whichever is longer, and shall make them available for inspection and audit by authorized representatives of the State, including the procurement officer or designee, at all reasonable times.


The contractor agrees to prosecute the work continuously and diligently and no charges or claims for damages shall be made by it for any delays or hindrances from any cause whatsoever during the progress of any portion of the work specified in this contract. Time extensions will be granted only for excusable delays that arise from unforeseeable causes beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the contractor, including but not restricted to, acts of God, acts of the public enemy, acts of the state in either its sovereign or contractual capacity, acts of another contractor in the performance of a contract with the State, fires, floods, epidemics, quarantine restrictions, strikes, freight embargoes or delays of Subcontractors or suppliers arising from unforeseeable causes beyond the control and without fault or negligence of either the Contractor or the Subcontractors or suppliers.


This contract may be amended with the consent of both parties. Amendments may not significantly change the scope of the contract.

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The procurement officer unilaterally may order the Contractor, in writing, to suspend, delay, or interrupt all or any part of the work for such period of time as she/he may determine to be appropriate for the convenience of the University.


The Contractor hereby represents and warrants that:

(a) it is qualified to do business in the State Of Maryland and that it will take such action as, from time to time hereafter, may be necessary to remain so qualified;

(b) it is not in arrears with respect to the payment of any moneys due and owing the State of Maryland, or any department or unit thereof, including but not limited to the payment of taxes and employee benefits, and that it shall not become so in arrears during the term of this Contract;

(c) it shall comply with all federal, state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances applicable to its activities and obligations, under this Contract;

(d) it shall obtain, at its expense, all licenses, permits, insurance, and governmental approvals, if any, necessary to the performance of its obligations under this Contract.


Payments to the contractor pursuant to this contract shall be made no later than 30 days after the State’s receipt of a proper invoice from the Contractor. Charges for late payments of invoices, other than as prescribed by the Title 15, Subtitle 1, of the State Finance and Procurement Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, or by the Public Service commission of Maryland with respect to regulated public entities, as applicable, are prohibited.


As specifically provided by §21-104, Commercial Law Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, the parties agree that this contract shall not be governed by the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), Title 21 of the Commercial Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended from time to time. This Contract shall be governed by the common law of Maryland relating to written agreements, as well as other statutory provisions, other than UCITA, which may apply, and shall be interpreted and enforced as if UCITA had never been adopted in Maryland.

Contractor agrees that as delivered to buyer, the software does not contain any program code, virus, worm, trap door, back door, timer or clock that would erase data or programming or otherwise cause the software to become inoperable, inaccessible, or incapable of being used in accordance with its user manuals, either automatically upon the occurrence of selected conditions, or manually on command of Contractor.

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The Contractor agrees that in performing its obligations under the contract, the contractor shall comply with all requirements of a non-affiliated third-party who receives a financial institution’s consumer information, under Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 and applicable regulations thereto (the “GLB Act”), and other applicable federal and state consumer privacy acts, rules and regulations. Nonpublic personal information shall have the same meaning as that term is defined in the GLB Act.

  1. The Contractor agrees to disclose such nonpublic personal information for the sole purpose of facilitating the Contractor’s performance of its duties and obligations under this contract and will not disclose such nonpublic information to any other party unless such disclosure is (i) allowed by the GLB Act and consented to by the Customer, or (i) compelled by law, in which case the Contractor will provide notice of such disclosure to the Customer.
  2. The contractor represents and warrants that it will, for so long as it retains nonpublic personal information, implement and maintain in place the necessary information security policies and procedures for (i) protecting the confidentiality of such nonpublic person information, (ii) protecting against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such nonpublic personal information, and (iii) protecting against the unauthorized access to or use of such nonpublic personal information. These terms apply to all subcontractors employed by the Contractor who perform work under the scope of this agreement.


I-9 Requirement Contractor warrants and represents that it is currently in compliance, and that during the term of this contract it will remain in compliance, with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and that it will obtain original valid employment verification documentation from all its employees on a timely basis as required by law and regulation. This requirement also applies to all subcontractors hired by Contractor.


Mandated Contractor Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect. Maryland law contains mandatory reporting requirements for all individuals who suspect child abuse or neglect. Contractors performing work on campus also must comply with USM Board of Regents (BOR) VI-1.50 – Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect, as well as the University Procedures for Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect. The above-referenced USM/University policy and Procedures are available in full at the following link: and are incorporated herein. The University reserves the right to terminate the contract if Contractor fails to comply with the above-referenced policy or procedures, or if, in the judgement of the University, termination is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of children who come into contact with the University community. 

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