Individuals have the authority to enter into negotiations, approve, or sign contracts on behalf of the University only pursuant to:

  1. a resolution of the Board;
  2. a valid delegation of authority; or
  3. a purchase made in accordance with the University's Procurement or Lease of Goods and Services Policy

Individuals who enter into commitments or agreements without the requisite authority may be personally liable for the obligations assumed under those agreements. University administrators, faculty, staff, or students who enter into unauthorized agreements may also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Note: OGC attorneys do not sign contracts on behalf of the University, but rather offer assistance in reviewing legal terms of agreements and drafting provisions.

It is the responsibility of the sponsoring department to retain a copy of all fully executed contracts for their records.


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