Faculty members, even department chairs, generally do not have the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the University. Only those persons designated by the President or his designees have the authority to sign contracts. See the Contracts section of this website under the Legal Services tab for a list of designees who are authorized to bind the University in contract.
The Office of Legal Affairs must review all contracts involving the university, regardless of amount, prior to signature by the University except (1) grants and research contracts, which are reviewed by the Office of Sponsored Programs and (2) Consulting Agreements using the standard Consulting Agreement form provided that there are no changes to the terms of the standard Consulting Agreement form and no additional terms are added. If there are any changes to the standard Consulting Agreement or additional terms, those changes must be reviewed by the Office of Legal Affairs prior to the Agreement being signed. See the Contracts section of this website under Legal Services for more information and the procedure for contract routing.
A clinical agreement is between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, by and on behalf of Georgia State University and another entity for purposes of providing an educational opportunity for students generally in a supervised situation, such as an internship. The agreement sets forth the rights and responsibilities of each party with regard to the educational opportunity.
There are several Notaries Public in the Office of Legal Affairs. If you need to sign a document and have it notarized, please bring the document and a valid photo identification with you in person to the Office of Legal Affairs. There are also a few other notaries in various departments and offices on campus.
I just received an open records request, subpoena, letter from a lawyer, lawsuit, or other legal document. What should I do?
Forward it to the Office of Legal Affairs immediately along with your contact information. Call us at (404) 413-0500 or fax us at (404) 413-0518 with the details of the request and your contact information.
I was wondering if any of my actions - making a lot of copies, signing a contract, praying in the office, selling my office's services, etc. -- might have legal implications for me or the University. How can I find out?
Call the Office of Legal Affairs at (404) 413-0500. We can provide the information you need to feel confident that you are abiding by all the requirements of law or University policy and procedure.