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Contract Guidance

General Contract Information

The University ’s Board of Trustees has determined that all contracts, deeds and other legal instruments made in the ordinary course of the business of the University be executed by the President of the University or one of his designees as determined by the Delegation of Authority to the President. The President has designated University officials as contracting authorities, and identified the restrictions on their exercise of authority within the Designation of Contracting Authorities Policy. No college, school, department, center, institute, University recognized student organization, or other internal entity has authority to contract on the University’s behalf in its own name. Only those specifically identified in the Designation of Contracting Authorities, or in a current sub‐delegation form, may sign contracts on behalf of the University or any of its colleges or departments, and then only if the contract has been reviewed and approved by the Office of General Counsel (unless using a University contract template).

When entering into contractual relationships, or creating changes to current contracts, University departments must:

  1. Consult with the Office of General Counsel during negotiation so that applicable legal considerations may be taken into account and a determination of the role of the Office of General Counsel can be made.
  2. Consult with the Office of General Counsel on the appropriate form of agreement.
  3. The Office of General Counsel will perform a legal review of the contract and route the contract to the appropriate University official for his or her review and signature based on the Designation of Contracting Authorities Policy. The preferred file format is MS Word. If the matter is up for renewal, please also include a copy of the original agreement with your submission.

Questions? If you have questions regarding this procedure please contact Heather Lachenauer at

Contract Templates

University of Dallas Non-Disclosure Agreement Template

University of Dallas Performance Agreement Template

University of Dallas General Waiver Template

University of Dallas Independent Contractor Template

Contract Negotiation

Contract Drafting Guidance

Contract Execution