What do you mean by "contracts?" – Occasionally the Chair and his/her assistant may be called upon to manage contracts (above and beyond faculty contracts) that affect the department. Depending on the nature of your department, there are a wide variety of contracts that might come across your desk, for example: hotel contracts, software licenses, service agreements, contracts for speakers or performers, housing contracts, practicum agreements, research related contracts and many others.
Important: Chairs may not sign contracts. – The only people who can sign contracts for Baylor (and that includes any department within Baylor) are the President, the Vice-presidents, and people who have specific permission in writing from the President to sign contracts. Sometimes it is not completely clear whether or not a document you have been given to sign is a contract. When in doubt, contact the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at 710-3821. More than likely, if the document constitutes an agreement to pay someone or be paid by someone – you should not sign it. It will need to be signed by the Provost.
Contracts for faculty research and scholarship. – Contracts or grants that provide funding or other commitments toward faculty research and scholarship pursuits must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs for review. Such agreements undergo a separate and distinct routing and approval process before they are signed by the University official. If you are in receipt of such an agreement, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (254) 710-3757 so that this process may be initiated in a timely manner.
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