Contracts & Agreements

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Only the The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York or a person delegated by the Trustees have the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the University. If you have a contract or agreement that requires any form of signature, it must be addressed to “The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York” on behalf of your department and submitted for signature to events@law.columbia.edu.

Noteworthy
  • Submit contracts at least 30 days prior to event or first deposit date 
  • Only Brendan Mallee has signatory power for Contracts with Columbia Trustees
  • Only Purchasing Office has signatory power for writer/speaker/performance agreements
  • Always be mindful of payment terms and payment method
  • Signature turnaround is normally within 5 business days

Contracts with Columbia Trustees

Vendors providing services for meetings and events that require a contract, submit their contract for vetting in advance of the event. Once vetted, an amendment may be created and sent to the vendor for signature. If the vendor does not require a contract, but Columbia requires one for events of 30 or more attendees, please contact us and we will draft a contract. All contracts need to be submitted by the department for signature to events@law.columbia.edu with the subject: Event Contract – Vendor's Name – Date

The fully executed contract will be sent to the submitter/department which in return must include it when submitting the invoice/payment request.


We strongly encourage you to choose from one of these vendors that have already been vetted and approved by Columbia University: Approved Master Agreement Vendors

Agreements

Vendors providing education and training services such as seminar facilitators, leaders, presenters, and speakers, need to complete and sign a Speaker Agreement which needs to be submitted by the department for signature to events@law.columbia.edu with the subject: Speaker Agreement – Vendor's Name – Date

The fully executed agreement will be sent to the submitter/department which in return must include it when submitting the invoice/payment request.

Speaker Agreement

Vendors that are performers or professional artists, actors, musicians, orchestras, ensembles, DJs, dancers, and magicians, need to complete and sign a Performance Agreement (Artist Agreement) which needs to be submitted by the department for signature to events@law.columbia.edu with the subject: Performance Agreement – Vendor's Name – Date

The fully executed agreement will be sent to the submitter/department which in return must include it when submitting the invoice/payment request.

Performing Artists – Individual Only
Performing Artists – Individual with Props
Performing Artists – Company/Troupes

Vendors providing author/publication services need to complete and sign a Writer Agreement which needs to be submitted by the department for signature to events@law.columbia.edu with the subject: Writer Agreement – Vendor's Name – Date

The fully executed agreement will be sent to the submitter/department which in return must include it when submitting the invoice/payment request.

Writer Agreement

Vendors providing photography and videography services need to complete and sign a Photographer / Videographer Agreement which needs to be submitted by the department for signature to events@law.columbia.edu with the subject: Photographer/Videographer Agreement – Vendor's Name – Date

The fully executed agreement will be sent to the submitter/department which in return must include it when submitting the invoice/payment request.

Photographer/Videographer Agreement


If the services will be performed on campus and the supplier brings equipment on site that needs to be set-up, e.g. lights, sets, tripods, electrical wiring, etc... a Certificate of Insurance is required. No insurance is required if the supplier is only using hand-held equipment: Certificate of Insurance