Business Service Contracts, Policies and Procedures –, Course Objectives, Defining

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  • 1.Business Service Contracts Policies and Procedures – AM541
  • 2.Course Objectives Defining and assess what a business contract is Describe and differentiate contract execution Discuss and illustrate various types of business contracts Review most commonly used business contracts at UTSA. Classify and understand other types of business contracts Identify a click-wrap contract Evaluate an agreements with employees and its requirements Define an after-the-fact agreement and review submission process Analyze various contract routing methods Detail using Total Contracts Manager Identify and discuss contract timelines
  • 3.Business Contracts Office Staff Contracts Specialists Frank Grijalva, MBA (ext. 4975) Anthony Sanchez, J.D. (ext. 4680) Todd Cheslock, J.D. (ext. 4899) Contracts Administrator Kelli Morrison (ext. 4065) Management Richard Wollney, J.D. (ext. 4069) Robert Dickens, (ext. 4065)
  • 4.Defining a Contract Contract Law 101
  • 5.What is a Contract? A contract is an agreement between two parties that creates an obligation to perform (or not perform) a particular duty. A legally enforceable contract requires: An Offer (I’ll mow your lawn this weekend, if you pay me $30) An Acceptance (You’ve got a deal) Consideration (The value received and given – the money and the lawn mowed) Contract Law 101 - Determining the Initial Step
  • 6.Establishing Offer and Acceptance: A legally recognized offer and an acceptance creates a “meeting of the minds’, or mutual assent, between the parties. Mutual Assent requires the presence of the following factors: Both parties must exhibit a “contractual intent” [words spoken in jest or frustration will lack the requisite intent]; The terms of the offer must be clear and definite; The acceptance must be clearly communicated. “A Meeting of the Minds”
  • 7.The Requirement Required Clarity: For terms to be legally valid, a reasonable person must be capable of readily understanding them. Four primary areas in determining definite terms: the parties; time for performance (term or service schedule); the price; and the subject matter or scope of service. Clear and Definite Terms
  • 8.Consideration “Bargained-for-Exchange” Consideration must be mutual. Both parties must receive something of value. Involvement of money is not required. The importance of the “Bargained Exchange”
  • 9.Executing the Contract Who can Sign?
  • 10.Signature Authority President-Delegated Authority: Only an individual with a written delegation of authority from the President of UTSA may execute and deliver contracts on behalf of the University. A University contract without an authorized signature may be invalid and unenforceable. Currently, the President has delegated to the following positions the authority to sign business contracts: Vice President of Business Affairs Director of Business Contracts, up to $100K Business Contracts Manager, up to 50K Vice President for Student Affairs, only in the extended absence of the VPBA, up to $1M For UTSA’s full delegation listing, see Who can sign?
  • 11.Types of Contracts Various types of contracts
  • 12.Affiliation & International Program Agreements Athletic-Specific, or Student-Specific Contracts (non- procurement in nature) Entertainer/Artist Agreement Interagency Cooperation Agreements (IAC) & Inter-Local Agreements Museum/Exhibit Agreements Revenue Generating Agreements MOUs/MOAs Participant/Speaker Agreement Procurement Contracts; Vendor Services Service Agreements (for individuals not organized as a business) Click Wrap Agreements Study Abroad Agreements Software and/or Hosted License Agreements Real Estate Auxiliary Services
  • 13.Specific Business Contracts More commonly used business contracts
  • 14.Service Agreement Used for services from individuals or other entities not formally organized as a business Small dollar: Total Value not to exceed $15,000 (including reimbursable expenses) After the Fact Purchases (More detail to follow) Details of Service Agreement (Critical Nature of Exhibits)
  • 15.Participant, Speaker, Evaluator Agreement Used for speakers, lecturers, evaluator, or to provide compensation to individuals participating in formal University events Used to contract with individuals or other entities not formally organized as a business Small dollar: Total Value not to exceed $15,000 (including reimbursable expenses) Details of Participant/Speaker/Evaluator Agreement
  • 16.Entertainer, Artist, Promoter Agreement Used for artists, entertainers, or performers Used to contract with both individuals and companies Exempt from Competitive Procurement: Value can exceed $15,000 Details of Entertainer/Artist Agreement
  • 17.Interagency & Interlocal Agreements Used for contracts with other State of Texas Government entities Interagency: Contracts with other State agencies Interlocal: Contracts with Texas municipal, county, and local government entities (also includes political subdivisions of the State, such as school districts) Exempt from Competitive Procurement: Value can exceed $15,000 (with certain exceptions)
  • 18.Educational Experience Agreements Used to establish student internships No exchange of funds Changes to Standard Template Requires UT System Approval Requires both Affiliation and Accompanying Program Agreement Send Information Form to vendor
  • 19.Other Types of Business Contracts Review specific contracts and their processes
  • 20.Clickwrap Agreements A clickwrap agreement is a standard form agreement that is displayed on a website. The user must indicate assent to the agreement by clicking on an icon which indicates acceptance of the terms of the agreement before access will be granted to the software, data, or other digital content. Sample clause: By clicking the acceptance button or installing or using the . . . software, the individual or entity licensing the product (“licensee”) is consenting to be bound by and is becoming a party to this agreement. If licensee does not agree to all of the terms of this agreement, the button indicating non-acceptance must be selected, and licensee must not install or use the software. Defined
  • 21.Clickwrap Agreements A Clickwrap agreement will be binding on the University and can only be properly accepted by those individuals with President-delegated authority to bind the University to a contractual commitment. ALL Clickwrap Agreement requests should be forwarded to the Business Contracts Office for review. The Business Contracts Office will assist in securing the appropriate authorization for acceptance of a Clickwrap agreement and document it with the required offices. How to Process
  • 22.Agreements with Employees Handbook of Operating Procedures 4.31 Conflicts of Interest Policy Self-dealing/Transactions with Employees – Section H Requires President’s Approval Cost less than from any other known source What you need to know
  • 23.Agreements with Employees ALL Agreements with Employees requests should be forwarded to the Business Contracts Office for review. The Business Contracts Office will advise the department on the required steps in securing the appropriate approvals for an Agreement with an Employee and how to document it with the required offices. How to process
  • 24.After-the-fact What is an After-the-Fact? Services or Goods Secured Prior to an Executed Contract (includes PO) Purchasing’s After-the-Fact Form found under Procurement Forms in Rowdy Exchange’s Shopping Dashboard Fill out and follow steps outlined in form for all After-the-Fact purchases What you need to know
  • 25.After-the-fact
  • 26.Contract Routing Methods Using SciQuest TCM and other routing methods
  • 27.Contract Routing Methods The Business Contracts Office can receive an agreement utilizing one of the three methods below: Electronic Submission through Rowdy Exchange's Total Contracts Manager (TCM) Paper hard copy submission to the BCO Email submission to the BCO email inbox ( For more details on routing an agreement, see What you need to know
  • 28.Routing using Total Contracts Manager (TCM) Submit you contract requests and monitor them electronically Easy upload of contract documents and required approvals Access your department’s contracts and search all business agreements processed by the University Single Sign-On (abc123)
  • 29.Contract Timelines How long will it take to complete?
  • 30.General Timelines Standard Template Agreements with all routing secured are typically signed within 3 business days upon receipt by the Business Contracts Office Location for drop-off of agreements: Business Contacts Office located is at the Central Receiving Building on West Main Campus Delays Resulting from Improper Routing Agreements with Substantive Modifications need to reviewed by the Business Contracts Office What you should know.
  • 31.Additional Information Business Contracts Website
  • 32.BCO Website Quick tour of links and valuable information
  • 33.Questions?
  • 34.Thank You