Signature Authority Tables/Authority to Contract

Delegation of authority represents the legal power to act in the name of the Regents of the University of Michigan or to bind the University of Michigan to an obligation or promise. The university is not bound by and does not recognize as binding any promise or obligation made by an unauthorized person.

The university’s Standard Practice Guide (SPG 601.24) on the Delegation of Authority to Bind the University to External Agreements on Business and Financial Matters:

(1) Standardizes the signature and authority delegation process (2) Defines the explicit and implied expectations the university assumes the signer (or binding individual) has fulfilled (3) Makes publicly, and easily available, a means to determine who has the authority to obligate the university for a particular transaction or promise to an external organization.

The SPG does not apply to internal university signatures, approvals, or processes (e.g., time sheets, journal entries, purchase order requests, etc.,).

University personnel with general questions concerning the scope of authority may contact the Office of the General Counsel for advice or may direct specific operational questions to their immediate supervisor. Vendors may contact the Procurement Solutions Team with any questions.

Table 1 - U-M Business and Finance Authority Delegations (Updated March 12, 2013)

Table 2 - Other Statutory Delegations

 

Message to deans, directors, and department managers About Signature Table 1 being updated—March 2013