Contracts & Agreements
Assisting and advising departments in preparing and processing service, expenditure, revenue, consultant, and miscellaneous contracts.
Our campus has a centralized process for assisting and advising campus faculty and staff with contract negotiations, document review, and other contractual and/or legal matters that require coordination and/or advice from the SUNY Counsel's office.
When is a Contract Needed?
Formal contracts/agreements are required for all service and consultant arrangements in which:
- there is an exchange of monies between the university and the contractor (expenditure and revenue),
- the terms and conditions of an agreement exceed those which can be represented on a Purchase Requisition; and
- the university provides consideration other than money (the services of faculty and/or students, use of campus facility, etc.).
Contracts may also be required in certain situations, regardless of value, where:
- more than one payment is made to a contractor;
- where the tasks performed by the contractor do not lend themselves to description on a regular purchase order; and
- where the contractor imposes his/her contract on the University.
Contract Process on Campus
Depending on the complexity of the services or goods sought by the contract, it may be necessary to seek competition via a "Request for Proposals" (RFP). This document is created by purchasing office with departmental support and sets forth specifications, terms, and conditions that the University requires of any contractor interested in providing the requested goods and/or services. An RFP is typically issued for large dollar amount contracts, very technical purchases (such as computer or scientific equipment), or contracts that span a number of years.
In any situation in which it is necessary to enter into a contract, please contact the purchasing office as soon as possible for procedural information.
Services of a contractor may use standard consultant or service contracts developed by the Counsels Office of the State University and approved by the State Attorney General and the State Comptroller.
- Contract Authorization
Frequently Asked Questions About Contracts & Agreements
Who has signing authority for contracts?
Only the president is authorized to enter into contracts, deeds, or leases between the college and another party. The president, however, is permitted to delegate this responsibility to appropriate college officials.
- I have been asked to sign a contract, who should I contact?
- What happens if I sign a contract?
- What is a Request for Proposals (RFP)?
- What if a contract requires a notary public?