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2 Office of Legal Affairs website, under Legal Topics: topics/contracts/contract-checklist

3 The Basics making sure the fundamental questions are answered Deal Breakers knowing which provisions the University cannot accept Risky Termsknowing which provisions put the University at risk Common Sensemaking sure the contract is fair & meets the unit’s needs

4 Name of party The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for its (Department of Psychology, School of Nursing, etc.) What is being exchanged/performed? e.g. Is the university permitting the other party to have access to records/information? e.g. Is the university receiving equipment or materials that could be dangerous or hazardous?

5 contract agreement memorandum of understanding affiliation grant lease etc. – Anytime the university is agreeing to do something (including making payment) in exchange for another party’s action or service

6 Clarity and avoidance of doubt Know who is supposed to do what, when, and how Avoidance of liability Protect yourself, your department, and the University Enforceability Make sure it’s legally binding

7 Scenario: Your unit contracts with Most Popular Speaker (MPS) and sells 2,000 tickets to the event at $25/ticket. Your unit head signs the contract. MPS cancels at the last minute. You claim damages, but MPS asserts that the contract was void because the unit head had no signature authority. Result: Your unit can’t collect damages because the contract was void for lack of authorized signature. Your unit must refund the tickets and absorb the $40,000 loss.

8 List on Legal Affairs website University Policy Authority must be delegated in writing Chancellor and VCBA have authority for any contract Everyone else only has authority for specific types of contracts, so make sure it falls within delegated authority

9 Substantive law has to be North Carolina! (or silent) Indemnification “indemnify” “hold harmless” “defend” “release” “waive” Attorneys’ fees/court costs

10 Arbitration cannot be binding! Personal liability for signer (“guarantee”) Non-compete clause No-hire clause

11 Shorten statute of limitations e.g. must bring claim within 6 months Injunctive relief (irreparable harm) Liquidated damages/cancellation fees Limit other party’s liability

12 Scenario: Your unit contracts with Vendor to purchase a Do-It-All Machine for $50,000. Contract limits Vendor’s liability to the cost of the Machine. Machine indeed “does it all,” but it also causes $100,000 in damages to the Machine Room. Result: Vendor invokes limitation of liability clause and pays only $50,000; your unit is responsible for the remaining $50,000 to repair the damage.

13 Waiver of trial by jury (G.S. § 22B-10) Confidentiality Need to refer to NC Public Records Act (G.S. § 132-1, et seq.) Use of University name/logo/trademark Best efforts/warranty

14 For risky terms Notifies decision-maker that: Legal advises against clause Losses will be paid from signing unit’s budget Keep contract advisory on file with contract (internal; doesn’t go to other party)

15 Personal identifiers G.S. § & § (b) FERPA/HIPAA Accessible for public records requests? Kept secure (physical and/or electronic) ?

16 E-Verify provision (G.S. § ) purchasing contracts Equal opportunity clause added veteran and disability language Business Associate Agreements generally, we don’t sign these (few exceptions)

17 Using University templates can save time Legal Affairs is always available! to review entire contracts to answer specific questions My contact information:

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