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Harvard Forest Purchasing Guidelines


Overview:  Authorized individuals purchasing on behalf of Harvard are expected to base purchases on sound business practice, best value, accountability, and compliance with donor, sponsor and regulatory requirements. Individuals planning for or making purchases must follow established Harvard University policies and procedures.  Individuals who spend funds or who prepare or authorize expenditures on behalf of the University have a stewardship responsibility to ensure those transactions are reasonable, appropriate, and have a proper University business purpose.


Guidelines that are tailored specifically to the Harvard Forest are found below, however please refer to Harvard University’s Procurement Policy for more detailed information.


Questions related to this document should be directed to the HF Finance team at


Harvard Forest Purchasing Guidelines (full policy with appendices)

Appendix A: Purchasing Document Requirements Rubric


Date First Effective:  04/19/19

Revision Date:  11/01/22