Vending operations on the university's campuses produce a significant amount
of revenue for the university. Efficiency in the administration and supervision
of vending operations requires that all departments comply with the following
policies and procedures.
Vending machine equipment may be installed on university premises only
under the terms of formal purchase orders between the vending company
and the university. These purchase orders are awarded after bids have
been taken by the campus or unit purchasing department.
Deans, directors, or administrative heads desiring installation of vending equipment in their areas of operation should make a written request to the appropriate purchasing department for the required equipment.
Personnel from Purchasing and the Physical Plant will inspect the premises and review the service requirements of such installations with the department. If they concur that the installation is warranted, Purchasing will obtain the equipment under existing or new contracts.
Because of utility requirements, vending equipment should be kept to a minimum and should not be requested unless justified on the basis of service to students or employees.
Revenue from vending installations other than those in regular revenue-producing
activities such as auxiliary enterprises are credited to the general fund
of the university.
Vending machine companies will be ordered to remove any equipment that has not been installed in compliance with these procedures.
The university wishes to guard against deceptive promotional incentives
and solicitation practices on its campuses and does not wish for its students
to be unfairly lured into buying any products or services through on-campus
solicitations. Accordingly, the university does not allow on-campus solicitation
of any kind in non-public areas, and solicitation in public areas is subject
to advance approval by the university as to time, place, and manner. Thus,
within the limits of free speech protections, all solicitation of commercial
and non-commercial products and services on campus is controlled to protect
the best interests of students. This policy also applies to the marketing
of credit cards. The university has an affinity credit card program that is
of interest to its students. Marketing of the University of Tennessee affinity
credit card must be approved in advance by the vice president for development.