By statute, the University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees is responsible for entering into contracts on behalf of the university. All other officers and employees of the university must receive written authority to sign contracts.
The president of the university, the vice president for finance and administration, and various directors and department heads are authorized to perform the university’s day-to-day contracting activities. The director of purchasing and contracting services has the authority to delegate contracting authority to university employees for contracts that do not exceed $25,000 in total value. Employees must meet certain requirements and attend training to receive contract authority. Furthermore, employee contracting authority is generally limited to a list of pre-approved standard forms. For additional information, please refer to Purchasing and Contracting Services.