Division of Administrative Affairs

Contracts and Agreements

What is a Contract?

The Chancellor’s office defines a contract as “Contracts, agreements, interagency agreements, memorandum’s of agreements, memorandum’s of understandings, partnerships, alliances, collaborative agreements, or any relationships where the CSU is both acquiring goods or services or supplying (or exchanging) supplies goods, services, facilities, expertise, or other CSU assets and resources...” (ICSUAM 1101).

Even agreements where no money is changing hands must be signed by a person with authority if the agreement binds or obligates the university to perform an act, or causes the university to incur liability for the acts of others. The university may choose to disclaim responsibility for unauthorized contracts or purchases, making the payment or performance obligations the personal responsibility of the person who improperly approved or signed an agreement.

Delegated Authority to Sign Contracts and Agreements