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The by-laws of the University and the Resolutions of its Board of Trustees state that contracts, leases and similar documents for the procurement of supplies, equipment, and services may be signed only by specified officers of the corporation and certain designated individuals. The Director of Purchasing/Purchasing Agent has been authorized by the Trustees to negotiate, sign and enter into agreements with vendors for this purpose.

Individual faculty members and employees are not authorized to sign on behalf of the University, or to bind the University in any manner. Maryland Law provides that individuals who are not authorized, and who enter into an unauthorized agreement, may be held personally liable for the cost of the goods or services purchased.

Any, and all, vendor forms of agreement such as, contracts, leases, software license agreements, etc., should be sent to the Director of Purchasing for review and signature.

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