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Purchase Order Terms and Conditions

If this purchase order refers to your bid or proposal, then this purchase order is an ACCEPTANCE of your OFFER TO SELL in accordance with the terms and conditions of the IFB/RFP, as stated in your bid. If no bid or proposal is referenced, the purchase order is an OFFER TO BUY, subject to your acceptance, which must be demonstrated by either your performance of the purchase order or by a formal acknowledgement in writing.

Any COUNTER OFFER TO SELL is automatically construed as a CANCELLATION of this purchase order unless a change order is issued accepting a counteroffer. In the event vendor form(s) or part(s) of forms are included in or as an attachment to, any bid, proposal, offer, acknowledgment, or otherwise, vendor agrees that, in the event of inconsistencies or contradictions, the terms and conditions of the solicitation document and this purchase order shall supersede and control over those contained in the vendor’s form(s) regardless of any statement to the contrary in a vendor form(s).  

Unless Aims Community College (ACC) specifically agrees in writing through overt reference or other express written indication of assent, terms, and conditions on vendor forms regarding choice of law, venue, warranty disclaimer or exclusion, indemnification or limitation of liability shall be of no effect.

All chemicals, equipment and materials proposed and used in the performance of this purchase order must conform to the standards required by OSHA  Bidders must furnish all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for any regulated chemicals, equipment or hazardous materials at the time of delivery.

The vendor agrees to furnish the products and services in strict accordance with the specifications, and at the price set forth for each item. Nothing in the purchase order may be added to, modified, superseded or otherwise altered except in writing signed by an authorized representative Aims Community College purchasing office and acknowledged by the vendor. Each shipment received or service performed shall be only upon the terms contained in the purchase order, notwithstanding any terms that may be contained in any invoice or other act of vendor other than acknowledgment of a written change order to the purchase order.

Unless otherwise specified, in the solicitation or in this order, delivery shall be F.O.B. destination. In its acceptance of any quotation offer, Aims is relying on the promised delivery date, installation, or service performance as material and basic to its acceptance. In the event of vendor’s failure to deliver or perform as and when promised, Aims reserves the right to cancel its order, or any part thereof, without prejudice to its other rights, and vendor agrees that Aims may return all or part of any shipment so made, and may charge vendor with any loss or expense sustained as a result of such failure to deliver or perform as promised. Time is of the essence.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, any software, research, reports, studies, data, photographs, negatives or other documents, drawings or materials delivered by vendor in the performance of its obligations under this purchase order shall be the exclusive property of Aims. The ownership rights described herein shall include, but not be limited to, the right to copy, publish, display, transfer, prepare derivative works, or otherwise use the works.

Aims will be the sole judge in determining “equals” with regard to quality, price and performance. All products delivered shall be newly manufactured and of the manufacturer’s current model, unless otherwise specified.

All provisions and remedies of the Uniform Commercial Code relating to both implied and expressed warranties are herewith referred to and made a part of these Terms and Conditions and are in addition to any warranties stipulated in the specifications.

Final acceptance is dependent upon completion of all applicable inspection procedures. Should the products or services fail to meet any inspection requirements, Aims may exercise all of its rights, including those provided in the Uniform Commercial Code. In the case of services, Aims reserves the right to inspect services provided under this contract at all reasonable times and places. Services as used in this clause includes services performed or tangible material produced or delivered in the performance of services.

If any of the services do not conform with purchase order requirements, Aims may require the vendor to perform the services again in conformity with purchase order requirements, with no additional payment. When defects in the quality or quantity of service cannot be corrected by re-performance, Aims may require the vendor to take necessary action to ensure that the future performance conforms to purchase order requirements and equitably reduce the payment due to the vendor to reflect the reduced value of the services performed. These remedies in no way limit the remedies available to Aims in the termination provisions of this purchase order, or remedies otherwise available at law.

The cash discount period will start from date of receipt of acceptable invoice, or from date of receipt of acceptable products/services at the specified destination by an authorized agency representative, whichever is later.

Aims, as purchaser, is exempt from all federal excise taxes under Chapter 32 of the Internal Revenue Code [No. 84-730123K] and from all state and local government use taxes [C.R.S. 39- 26-114(a) and 203, as amended]. Tax-exempt numbers for Aims may be found elsewhere in this document. Vendor is hereby notified that when materials are purchased for the benefit of Aims the vendor may be required to pay sales or use taxes even though the ultimate product or service is provided to Aims. These sales or use taxes will not be reimbursed by Aims.

State law and regulations provide that vendors will be paid within 45 days after receipt of products or services and a correct notice of amount due unless otherwise agreed to by contract or special conditions of the purchase order. An Aims liability not paid within 45 days is considered delinquent and, unless otherwise agreed to, interest on the unpaid balance shall be paid beginning with the 46th day at the rate of 1% per month on the unpaid balance until paid in full. A liability shall not arise if a good faith dispute exists as to the institution's obligation to pay all or a portion of the liability.  Vendors shall invoice Aims separately for interest on delinquent amounts due. The billing shall reference the delinquent payment, the number of days interest to be paid and the applicable interest rate.

The vendor shall not assign rights or delegate duties under this purchase order, or subcontract any part of the performance required under the purchase order, without the express, written consent of Aims, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. This purchase order shall insure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. Assignment of accounts receivable may be made only with written notice furnished to the institution.

In the event any article sold or delivered under this purchase order is covered by any patent, copyright, trademark, or application therefore, the vendor will indemnify and hold harmless Aims from any and all loss, liability, cost, expenses and legal fees incurred on account of any claims, legal actions, or judgments arising out of manufacture, sale or use of such article in violation, infringement or the like of rights under such patent, copyright, trademark or application. If this purchase order is for services, to the extent authorized by law, the vendor shall indemnify, save, and hold harmless Aims, its employees and agents, against any and all claims, damages, liability and court awards including costs, expenses, and attorney fees incurred as a result of any act or omission by the vendor, or its employees, agents, subcontractors or assignees arising out of or in connection with performance of services ordered by this purchase order.

The vendor shall perform its duties hereunder as an independent contractor and not as an employee. Neither the vendor nor any agent or employee of the vendor shall be deemed to be an agent or employee of Aims. Vendor shall pay when due all required employment taxes and income tax withholding, including all federal and state income tax and local head tax on any monies paid pursuant to this contract.

Vendor acknowledges that the vendor and its employees are not entitled to unemployment insurance benefits unless the vendor or a third party provides such coverage and that Aims does not pay for or otherwise provide such coverage. Vendor shall have no authorization express or implied to bind Aims to any agreements, liability or understanding, except as expressly set forth herein. Vendor shall provide and keep in force worker's compensation (and show proof of such insurance upon request) and unemployment compensation insurance in the amounts required by law and shall be solely responsible for the acts of the vendor, its employees and agents.

All communications, including reports, notices, and advice of any nature, concerning administration of this purchase order, prepared by vendor for Aims' use, must be furnished solely to the purchasing director within Aims.

Vendor agrees to comply with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and policies, as amended, including those regarding discrimination, unfair labor practices, and collusion.

If this solicitation contemplates the provision of services to the public, the vendor shall, in addition to any other requirements under Title 11 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, comply with the Title 11 requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the accessibility of Aims' services and programs, as an explicit requirement. The vendor assures that, at all times during the performance of any resulting contract, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of that disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, services, programs, or activities performed by the vendor for the benefit of Aims.

The vendor shall obtain, and maintain at all times during the term of this purchase order, insurance as specified in the solicitation or order, and shall provide proof of such coverage.

a. Except as otherwise agreed, the Uniform Commercial Code shall govern in the case of transactions in goods. In the case of services, if the vendor refuses or fails to timely perform any of the provisions of this purchase order, with such diligence as will ensure its completion within the time specified in this purchase order, the purchasing agent may notify the vendor in writing of the non-performance, and if not promptly corrected within the time specified, such officer may terminate the vendor's right to proceed with the purchase order or such part of the purchase order as to which there has been a delay or a failure to properly perform. The vendor shall continue performance of the purchase order to the extent it is not terminated and shall be liable for excess costs incurred in procuring similar goods or services elsewhere. Payment for completed services performed and accepted shall be at the purchase order price.

b. In the case of remedies exercised under this paragraph for services, or analogous remedies exercised under the Uniform Commercial Code for transactions in goods, Aims may withhold amounts due to the vendor as the purchasing director deems to be necessary to reimburse Aims for the excess costs incurred in curing, completing or procuring similar goods and services.

c. In the case of either transaction in goods or services, the vendor shall not be in default by reason of any failure in performance of this purchase order in accordance with its terms if such failure arises out of acts of God; acts of the public enemy; acts of Aims and any governmental entity in its sovereign or contractual capacity; fires; floods; epidemics; quarantine restrictions; strikes or other labor disputes; freight embargoes; or unusually severe weather.

d. If after rejection, revocation, or other termination of the vendor's right to proceed under the provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code (in the case of transactions in goods) or this clause (in the case of services), it is determined for any reason that the vendor was not in default under the provisions of this clause, or that the delay was excusable, the rights and obligations of the parties shall be the same as if the notice of termination had been issued pursuant to the termination for convenience clause.

a. Cancellation Prior to Contract Formation. When this purchase order is not accepted by written acknowledgment, this purchase order may be canceled by written or oral notice to the vendor prior to shipment of goods or beginning of performance of services.

b. Termination After Contract Formation. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, in addition to the rights and remedies governing transactions in goods in the Uniform Commercial Code, the purchasing director may when the interests of Aims so require terminate this purchase order in whole or in part, for the convenience of the institution. The purchasing director shall give written notice of the termination to the vendor specifying the part of the purchase order terminated and when termination becomes effective.

Upon receipt of the notice of termination, the vendor shall incur no further obligations except to the extent necessary to mitigate costs of performance. In the case of services or specially manufactured goods, Aims shall pay reasonable settlement expenses, the contract price or rate for supplies and services delivered and accepted, the reasonable costs of performance on unaccepted supplies and services, and a reasonable profit for that unaccepted work, in accordance with the cost principles promulgated in accordance with section 24-107-101, Colorado Revised Statutes, as amended. In the case of existing goods, Aims shall pay reasonable settlement expenses, the contract price for goods delivered and accepted, reasonable costs incurred in preparation for delivery of the undelivered goods, and a reasonable profit for that preparatory work. The amount of the termination liability under this paragraph shall not exceed the amount of the purchase order price plus a reasonable cost for settlement expenses.  The vendor agrees to submit a termination proposal as well as reasonable supporting documentation, cost and pricing data, and a certification required by section 24-106-101, C.R.S., as amended, upon request of the purchasing director.

This purchase order shall not be deemed valid unless it is executed by the purchasing director for Aims. Aims shall have no responsibility or liability for products or services delivered or performed prior to proper execution hereof.

Financial obligations of Aims payable after the current fiscal year are contingent upon funds for that purpose being appropriated, budgeted and otherwise made available. If this purchase order is funded in whole or in part with federal funds, this purchase order is subject to and contingent upon the continuing availability of federal funds for the purposes hereof. If this purchase order contemplates the purchase of goods to be delivered in a single installment, Aims represents that it has set aside sufficient funds to make payment under this purchase order in accordance with its terms.

This purchase order is made in the State of Colorado. The laws of the State of Colorado shall govern in connection with the formation, performance and the legal enforcement of this purchase order. Unless otherwise specified in the solicitation or this order, venue for any judicial action arising out of or in connection with this purchase order shall be in Greeley, Colorado.

All references in this purchase order to the Uniform Commercial Code shall mean the Uniform Commercial Code as adopted by the State of Colorado at Title 4, Colorado Revised Statutes, as amended.

The vendor agrees to comply with the letter and spirit of all applicable state and federal laws respecting discrimination and unfair employment practices.