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What is a Sole Source Purchase?

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Sole source purchases require completion of the campus Sole Source-Brand Justification form and approval by the Director of Contracts, Procurement & Risk Management. With approval of a sole source-brand purchase, you can move forward with the purchase process. Situations when a sole source-brand can be considered include:

  • The product is unique and essential to the CSU’s requirements, thereby precluding consideration of a product manufactured by another company, or
  • The product is required to match other similar product already in place and the use of an alternate product would cause the CSU to incur substantial additional costs, or
  • The sole source-brand product is required for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, or safety, or the protection of CSU property and programs.

A Sole Source-Brand Justification is not required for purchases under $50,000.