COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Policy: Educational Business Activities

1.0 Background and Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to describe the circumstances under which sales of
Colorado School of Mines (“School”) goods and services may be conducted and
access to certain School facilities may be provided. This policy also sets forth
guidelines and requirements for all members of the campus community engaged in
such activities to ensure the School’s compliance with appropriate State and federal
law.
Since the mission of the School involves providing instruction, research and public
service, this policy shall not apply to: charges or fees for instruction in the School’s
undergraduate, graduate or continuing education programs; services provided in
connection with the practical aspects of instructional and sponsored research
programs; services or fees in connection with the School’s student extracurricular or
residential life programs (including resident halls, food services, health and
counseling services, athletic and recreational programs, and performing arts
programs); academic support services; and federal and State mandated public
service responsibilities and activities. This policy is also not intended to apply to the
sale of School-owned real property or any personal property the disposition of which
is governed by other School or CSM Board of Trustees policies and procedures.
2.0 Authority
Section 24-113-104 of the Colorado Revised Statutes regulates competition by State
higher education institutions with private enterprise. The School is required by this
statute to develop and implement procedures for reviewing unfair competition
complaints from privately-owned businesses.
This policy is not intended to supersede or limit requirements which may be
otherwise imposed by law. To the extent this policy conflicts with pertinent statutes
or federal regulations, such statutes or regulations shall govern.
3.0 Policy

3.1 Sales of Goods and Services to the Campus Community.
A. The School may engage in the direct sale of goods and services,
including provision of access to facilities, to the campus community,
even though such goods and services may be available through
privately-owned businesses, provided:
1. The provision of such goods and services is substantially
related to the School’s instruction, research or public service
mission; or






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2. Provision of the goods, services or facilities is necessary or
convenient for the campus community, including invited
guests; or
3. The goods and services are facilities for recreational, cultural
and athletic events, or facilities for food services and sales.

B. If the activity meets one of the above criteria, these guidelines
must be followed:


1. The price or fee charged for the goods, services or facilities
must reflect the direct and indirect costs and overhead costs
of providing such goods or services, and should be set in a
manner consistent and compliant with the School’s Recharge
Policy.
2. Advertising the goods, services or availability of facilities to
the general public is prohibited.
3. Any promotion of the goods, services or facilities, including
public announcements or communications regarding their
availability, must be directed to the campus community only,
and shall not make comparisons with off-campus business
establishments or prices.



3.2 Sales of Goods and Services to the External Community

A. The School may provide goods and services, including access to
facilities, to parties outside the School community, provided:
1. Provision of such goods and services is substantially and
directly related to the instructional, research or public service
mission of the School; or
2. There is an external demand for the goods or services, which
are not commonly available or otherwise easily accessible.

B. If the activity meets one of the above criteria, these guidelines must
be followed:
1. The price or fee charged for the goods or services must
reflect the direct and indirect costs and overhead costs of
providing such goods or services. Additionally, the prices
must be reflective of the price in the private marketplace for
such goods and services (where the private marketplace
price can be reasonably determined by the School).
2. Any required advertising must include a clearly worded
institutional disclosure that explains the rationale for offering
the goods or services.






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C. Revenue Generating Activity Contract Templates

The following templates are to be used by departments when
entering into agreements with the respective third parties listed
below. For questions, please contact Business Operations
(nmartinez@mines.edu or extension 3569).
1. Facility Use Agreement (For use when a third party needs to
use our facilities/spaces)
2. Technical Services Agreement (For use when CSM will be
providing a technical service for a third party)
3. External User Agreement (For use when CSM will allow a third
party to use lab facilities or equipment for research)
3.3 Oversight and Compliance Accountability


A. Department and division heads and directors are responsible for
assuring that the School fund managers and other pertinent
personnel within their areas satisfy the above criteria and comply
with this School policy before engaging in any sales of goods and
services for fees, either to the campus community or external
parties.

B. School business activities operating within the guidelines set forth in
this policy shall be reviewed periodically (not less than every three
years) by the Vice President for Finance and Operations, or his or
her designee, to ensure continued compliance. As directed by the
President of CSM, the Vice President for Finance and Operations
shall, based on the internal review, authorize continued operations
for a specified period or mandate termination of non-compliant
activity.

3.4 Complaints Under C.R.S. §24-113-104 (Competition with
Private Enterprise)

A. In accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes §24-113-104 (3)(a),
the School has established a formal procedure for addressing
complaints brought by private businesses that allege the School has
engaged in unfair competition in violation of State law. The Vice
President for Finance and Operations has been designated by the
School’s President as the officer in charge of reviewing and
responding to all written complaints. Additionally, the Vice President
for Finance and Operations has been designated by the President as
being responsible for assuring the School’s compliance with this





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policy and responding to any general information requests
regarding this policy.

B. Procedure for Responding to Oral Complaints Regarding the
School’s Business Activities
1. Oral complaints received within a department should be
directed to the School employee directly responsible for the
activity. This employee is encouraged to work with the
appropriate director or department head to address the
complainant’s concerns and resolve the matter at the
departmental level. In the event the matter cannot be
resolved at that level to the complainant’s satisfaction, the
complainant shall be encouraged to submit a written
complaint to the Vice President for Finance and Operations
pursuant to the procedure outlined below.


2. Individuals who make an oral complaint to the Vice President
for Finance and Operations regarding the School’s business
activities will be asked to put their concerns in writing so that
a formal review of the matter can be completed. At that time,
the complainant will be informed of the School’s procedure
for handling such complaints.

C. Procedure for Responding to Written Complaints Regarding the
School’s Business Activities

1. Written complaints regarding the School’s business activities
received by individual employees or departments must be
forwarded to the Vice President for Finance and Operations
within ten (10) business days of receipt. The department
should not attempt to resolve such complaints informally.

2. Within five (5) business days of receiving the written
complaint, the Vice President for Finance and Operations will
send a written acknowledgment to the complainant. This
acknowledgment will include an explanation of the School’s
process for reviewing such complaints, a request for
additional information, if needed, and confirmation that the
School will provide a written response to the complaint within
thirty (30) business days.






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3. The Vice President for Finance and Operations will review the
complaint and conduct an internal investigation of the
allegations in the complaint, conferring with the department
head or director responsible for the area within which the
disputed activities have occurred, and interviewing individuals
responsible for these activities, and any other persons with
knowledge or data pertinent to the allegations. The Vice
President for Finance and Operations will also review
pertinent department and School documents, and any other
relevant information needed to address the complainant’s
allegations.
4. Based on his or her investigation and review of all pertinent
information, the Vice President for Finance and Operations
shall make a written determination as to the School’s position
regarding the appropriateness of the business activities and
response to the complainant’s allegations. The Vice
President’s report will outline any changes required in
department or School processes or procedures to remedy any
activities deemed inappropriate. The complainant and the
appropriate School department head will be informed in
writing of the Vice President’s determination regarding the
appropriateness of the business activities and the School’s
response to the complaint. This communication will include a
summary of the appeal process available to the complainant
if the School’s response is deemed unacceptable.



D. Appeals

1. If the complainant deems the School’s written response to
the complaint unsatisfactory, the complainant may make a
direct appeal to the Vice President for Finance and
Operations. Within thirty (30) business days of receipt of
notice of the appeal, the Vice President shall meet with the
complainant to discuss the matter and consider any
additional information the complainant wishes to provide.

2. In the event the meeting with the Vice President for Finance
and Operations does not satisfactorily resolve the
complainant’s concerns, the complainant may appeal the
matter, in writing, to the School President. The President will
review the Vice President’s decision and any relevant
documentation, and issue a decision within fifteen (15)
business days. This decision will be communicated in writing





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to the complainant and will include a summary of the appeal
options available to the complainant.


3. If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of the
appeal to the President, the complainant is entitled to appeal
the President’s decision to the School’s governing Board of
Trustees. Upon notification by the Board of such appeal, the
Vice President for Finance and Operations shall provide the
Board the relevant School documents and any assistance
required to enable the Board to render a decision on the
appeal.

E. Annual Reporting

The Vice President for Finance and Operations shall report at
least once annually to the Board of Trustees regarding any
complaints about inappropriate business activities received by
the School and the School’s response to same.
Approved October 30, 2006.
Amended January 14, 2013.