This is an overview of specific rules that apply to ASU contracts. For a more general discussion of the legal principles of contracting, please see the Contracting Basics paper.
In all contracts, the contracting party for ASU is "the Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University." The reference may include a specific department as well. For example: "The Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics." Typically, this clause would be followed by a parenthetical, short-form of the name for use in the rest of the contract, e.g., (hereinafter "ASU" or "University").
If the other party is a corporation, organization or other legal entity, be sure that the title includes the correct, full legal name and a reference to its state of incorporation and/or its principal place of business. For example: "ABC Corporation, duly incorporated under the laws of the state of Arizona." Or: "ABC, Ltd., with its principal place of business at 5140 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, Arizona."
All contracts should contain the basic information necessary to understand the intent of the parties. These include:
Important Note: If you are not able to exclude the provisions below, and/or if you have any questions about the provisions, please contact the Office of General Counsel.
The provisions may be included directly into the agreement, or may be incorporated by reference by attaching a copy of the "State of Arizona Provisions" to the agreement, and adding a paragraph in the agreement that reads: "The State of Arizona Provisions attached hereto are incorporated herein by reference."
Links to the State statutes and procedures cited in the State of Arizona Provisions can be found below. The statutes can be printed from the link if a copy of the statute or procedure is requested.
If you encounter any problems or questions with regard to the provisions, please contact the Office of General Counsel.
If you are preparing a contract without the benefit of a model format, some basic formats can be downloaded and printed from the link below. Please be advised that these form agreements can only be signed by University officials with designated signature authority pursuant to the ASU Contract Signature Authority Policy (PUR 202). In addition, any material or substantive changes to the form contract language or format must be approved by the Office of General Counsel. Failure to insure that the appropriate signature authority is obtained may result in personal liability (A.R.S. 35-154) and loss of insurance coverage for the employee(s) involved in the transaction.
Contracts for the purchase of goods and services where the price exceeds the delegated signature authority must be referred to Purchasing and Business Services. Contracts related to a grant or sponsored project must be administrated through the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA). Contracts for the use of Public Events facilities (Gammage Auditorium, Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena, Kerr Cultural Center) must be administered by ASU Gammage/ASU Public Events (as approved by ASU Public Affairs), except for sporting event contracts for Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena, which are administered through Sun Devil Athletics.
By following the link below to the form contracts you agree that you have read and understood the limitations on the use of these forms described above.
If you would like to send a contract to the Office of General Counsel for review or approval, or to request assistance, please use the Contract Routing Form as a cover and send it to the ASU Foundation Building, Suite 335. The Routing Form also contains a helpful checklist that can be used in the preparation of university contracts.
University contracts are administered and maintained at main offices of the unit or college which is responsible for the performance and oversight of the contract. The following requirements apply to the filing maintenance of University contracts:
Some of the legal material found at this site has been abridged from laws, regulations, court decisions, administrative rulings, ABOR and ASU policies and other sources. Further details may be necessary for complete analysis and understanding in particular matters. The information contained at this site, and related links, is not a substitute for professional legal counsel. Any discrepancy between the information at this site and ASU policy is not intended to alter or amend official ASU policy or procedure.
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