Indiana University

Legal Practice Areas

Contracts and Signature Authority

Any document that commits IU to pay another party for goods or services or that commits IU to provide goods or services to another party is a contract, whether it is “just a letter,” a formal contract, a Memorandum of Understanding, or a “click-through” on a website. Only the Treasurer of Indiana University or that person's designee has the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the University.

Contracts Administered by OVPGC

The OVPGC manages contracts under which IU is being paid to provide goods or services to other parties, along with contracts for construction, internship or affiliation agreements for student placements, and inter-institutional agreements with federal, state and local agencies, and other institutions of higher education. We also work closely with Procurement Services on contracts that involve significant expenditures by IU and other complex agreements.

Contracts Administered by Other Offices

Procurement Services: Office supplies and furnishings, software, performance contracts, lab supplies, vehicles and fuel, and banking and collection services.

Real Estate: Long- and short-term acquisition of space for University programs, events and visitors.

Research Administration: Grant and grant-related contract services.

Signature Authority

By Resolution of The Board of Trustees, only the Treasurer of Indiana University or that person’s designee has the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the University.

If you do not have a written delegation of authority from the Treasurer to sign contracts, you must either obtain such a delegation prior to signing the contract or you must send the contract to the OVPGC for review as a prerequisite for obtaining the Treasurer’s signature.