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COMPUTER SOFTWARE PURCHASES - University Faculty, Students, and Staff. 

     In order to best protect the University of Pittsburgh, all software licenses, because they include non-standard terms and conditions, must be reviewed by Purchasing Services and the Office of General Counsel prior to purchase in accordance with University policy 05-02-05.


     Purchasing Services, along with the Office of General Counsel and Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), has developed and implemented an overall software licensing review procedure that is outlined on the Software Licensing Agreement ChecklistWhen considering the purchase of any software, the checklist should be used.  The checklist is designed to ensure that the software review procedure is expedited and administered uniformly throughout the University.  

     Please note that the review process is required of all software purchases, including maintenance, renewals, and/or upgrades, not made through CSSD’s Software Licensing Services*.   To expedite the review process, please submit all required documentation, inclusive of the completed Software Licensing Agreement Checklist.  


Requisitions for software purchases submitted to Purchasing Services without the required supporting documentation will be returned to the requesting department.  


*Software offered through CSSD’s Software Licensing Services (SLS) is exempt from the software licensing review process. SLS offers the best overall cost of ownership, assurance of University compliance, and expedited receipt of software.  Contact SLS for all software availability questions.


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