The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the only office that has the authority to approve the legal terms of any University contract. Among the contracts regularly entered into by the University are: Affiliation Agreements, Contractual Services Agreements, Contractual Services Agreements for Artists, Research Agreements, Collaboration Agreements with other universities and educational entities, Software License Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Lease Agreements, Hotel/Conference Room Rental Agreements, Exchange Agreements and Consulting Agreements.
Only individuals designated by the President in writing via a Delegation of Signature Authority are authorized to sign contracts on behalf of the University. Some contracts, such as international exchange agreements, must be reviewed and approved by other offices such as Academic Planning & Accountability in addition to the college or school participating in the exchange.
Contract documents should be legible and must be read by the individual who submits them to ensure that their content comports with the agreed upon business terms.
Electronic versions of the documents as well as copies of prior contracts with the same vendor will serve to expedite the review and negotiation process and should be submitted whenever possible.
Once the University attorney has reviewed and made any necessary changes, the agreement is sent to the appropriate party for signature. Once signed by an authorized University official, the contract is returned to the unit requesting the contract review.
Please see Contract Forms for templates of University contracts.