Glossary of Terms
Base Salary
Appointment salary plus administrative augmentation; augmentation for an acting administrative appointment is not considered base salary.
Basis for Price
Explains how the vendor or contractor arrived at the dollar amount to charge the University when standard price list and catalogs are not available.
Basis of Vendor Selection
Explains why a department has chosen a specific supplier over other potential suppliers of a good or service.
Bid Threshold
Dollar amount, set by administrative policy and reviewed biennially by the Board of Regents, at and over which purchases must be competitively bid.
Biosafety Levels
Standard and special microbiological practices, safety equipment, and facilities recommended for work with a variety of infectious agents in various laboratory settings. These levels are defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. Biosafety Level 1 (BSL-1) has the least restrictive containment requirements, Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) have increasingly more stringent containment requirements and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) requires a dedicated facility. Four Animal Biosafety Levels (ABSL 1-4) describe the practices, safety equipment, and facilities for work with infected research animals
Blanket Order
A price agreement with a vendor establishing prices, discounts, or other terms, which will be in effect for a specific period of time, usually at least one year.
Blanket Restrictions – Boycotts, Anti-terrorism
A boycott is limitation or prohibition of exports, including services, or purchases from countries or individuals that have been identified by the U.S. government, except for public information. In limited instances, a license may be obtained.

For individuals or countries associated with terrorism, all exports are prohibited, including services, and purchases. Certain activities (such as development of weapons of mass destruction) are inherently contrary to the national interest, and any activity or export in support of those activities is illegal, no matter where it is conducted or who is conducting it.

Blanket Tax Exemption
Exempt organizations whose purchases are never taxable (with the exception of those items that are always taxable regardless of tax-exempt status).
Block M
The logo that consists of the capital letter "M" in the distinctive graphic design that is unique to the University. See "Block M" in the Graphic Standards Manual. Note that the Block M is a graphic design, not a font or a style of type. There are three versions of the Block M: solid, single outline, and double outline. Official versions in the allowed color combinations are available on the Images Library.
Board of Regents Policy
Umbrella policies that provide the framework and guiding principles under which the administration is responsible for implementation of, and compliance with, the intent of the Board of Regents policy.

Glossary of Terms

This page allows you to search or browse definitions of terms from the "definitions" sections of Administrative Policies. Please note that when definitions were specific to a particular policy, they were not included.