Board of Trustees: Contract Approval Policy
Promulgated 1992
Amended Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees,
October 30, 2015.

1.0 STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE
This policy is promulgated by the Board of Trustees for the Colorado School of Mines
(Board) pursuant to the authority conferred upon it by C.R.S. §23-41-104, and sets forth
the policy for contract approval and execution at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines).
This policy shall supersede any previously promulgated Mines’ policy that is in conflict
herewith.
2.0 POLICY
The Board hereby delegates to the President of the Colorado School of Mines the
authority to approve and execute all contracts, agreements, grants, and other binding
legal instruments, including but not limited to: all employment contracts; agreements for
the provision of sponsored or non-sponsored research; agreements for the provision of
continuing education; agreements establishing a formal institutional collaboration or
relationship with business or external academic entities; and contracts for the
expenditure of monies up to $4,999,999, that are entered into by, or for the use and
benefit of, the Colorado School of Mines, except where such authority is otherwise
reserved to the Board as set forth herein, and in the Board Policy on Capital
Construction and Real Estate Conveyance. This delegation shall include the right to
sub-delegate such authority to the Provost or an appropriate area Vice President, who
may further sub-delegate when necessary and appropriate.
This policy is intended to ensure that any commitment of institutional resources and
obligations is properly reviewed and approved.
3.0
DELEGATION PROCEDURES
3.1 Written Delegation. Al delegations of authority made pursuant to this policy
shall be in writing. Delegations shall be reviewed as needed and appropriate.
3.2. Legal Review
All non-standardized contracts and contracts containing complex legal issues shall
be submitted to an attorney from the Office of Legal Services for legal review prior to
execution of such agreement. Al doubts regarding the necessity of legal review
should be resolved in favor of seeking legal review.
3.3
Board Review
The President shall inform the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee of all contracts
obligating Mines to expend a sum in the range of $1,000,000 to $4,999,999. All
contracts obligating Mines to expend a sum of money $5,000,000 or more, or to
convey an interest in real property, must be approved by the Board. Once approved,
the President or his/her designee may execute such agreement.



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Board of Trustees: Contract Approval Policy
Promulgated 1992
Amended Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees,
October 30, 2015.

4.0
POLICY COMPLIANCE
The Mines’ community is expected to comply with this policy. Decisions to enter into a
contract, agreement, grant or other legally binding document without delegated authority
may result in personal liability for any obligation incurred thereby, and/or disciplinary
action.

5.0
RETENTION
Agreements should be retained by the responsible office subject to legal or contractual
requirements, and pursuant to the Mines’ record retention schedule.
HISTORY
Promulgated by the CSM Board of Trustees on February 14, 1992.
Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on February 14, 1997.
Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on December 18, 1998.
Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on June 22, 2000.
Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on May 23, 2011.
Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on October 30, 2015.

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