Santa Clara University

Office of the General Counsel

Contracts

A contract is any binding agreement made between two or more parties. Contracts come in many different forms, such as a memorandum of understanding, letter of intent, lease, license, purchase order, waiver, release, engagement agreement, terms and conditions, privacy policy, non-disclosure agreement, etc.

Contract Review Process

Before any contract is signed, it must first be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel. To submit a contract for review, please send it to Assistant General Counsel Bridget Colbert at bcolbert@scu.edu. Please include any and all documents that are referenced and incorporated into the contract you wish to have reviewed. For example, if a purchase order states that it is subject to terms and conditions available on the company's website, please include the full text of the terms and conditions when submitting your contract for review.

The Office of the General Counsel strives to provide feedback on contracts within 5 business days. If you need to receive feedback on a contract in fewer than 5 business days, please include this information when submitting your contract. In some instances, it may not be possible to provide you with feedback within 5 business days. For this reason, the Office of the General Counsel requests that you submit contracts for review as early as possible. You will be notified if review of your contract will take longer than 5 business days.

Should you have any questions about the contract review process, please contact Assistant General Counsel Bridget Colbert at extension 2186 or bcolbert@scu.edu.

Contract Drafting

If your department or school is planning on entering into a business relationship with a third party (outside company, vendor, consultant, etc.), more often than not the third party will provide you with a contract for review. In some cases, the third party will ask the University to provide the contract. The Office of the General Counsel can assist you with defining key terms and drafting an agreement.

To initiate this process, please call Assistant General Counsel Bridget Colbert at extension 2186.

Form Contracts

Below are links to form contracts that are available for use. If necessary, the Office of the General Counsel is available to revise these agreements.