Contracts & Transactions

Revised Procedures for the Business Review of Contracts

Contracts Requiring Review

All university contracts and agreements must be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel unless:

Submitting a Contract for Review

A contract requiring review by the Office of the General Counsel may only be submitted for review by a college or department contract “gatekeeper.”  In order to determine who the contract gatekeepers are for your college or department, contact your college’s or department’s administration and finance staff or email office_of_the_general_counsel@northeastern.edu.

A contract will be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel once a contract gatekeeper submits the following by email to office_of_the_general_counsel@northeastern.edu:

  1. Completed contract submission checklist.
  2. A copy of the contract to be reviewed.

If the university has previously contracted with the same vendor, any prior contract(s) should also be submitted to the Office of the General Counsel.

Contract Review and Signature

The reviewing attorney or paralegal will reach out to the contract submitter with any questions or comments relative to a proposed contract.

Once the Office of the General Counsel completes its review of a contract, the Office of the General Counsel will forward the contract to the appropriate university signatory for electronic signature.  Once the contract is signed electronically, it will be returned to the submitter and gatekeeper.

Timing

The Office of the General Counsel contracts staff reviews more than 2,500 individual contracts each year.  We do our best to complete our review of each contract as soon as possible.  Nevertheless, we request that submitters allow for at least two (2) weeks for the review of each contract.  You may inquire as to the status of a contract by emailing contractquestions@northeastern.edu or office_of_the_general_counsel@northeastern.edu.

Meetings and Trainings

Members of the Office of the General Counsel contracts team are always happy to meet with individuals or groups to provide training regarding the contract review process or to address any concerns relative to university contracts.  If you or your division is interested in scheduling such a meeting or training, please contact office_of_the_general_counsel@northeastern.edu.