For assistance with contracts, you may contact Joe Davidson or Veta Byrd-Pérez in the Office of the General Counsel.
See University Policy No. 810. As a matter of course, all contracts should be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel. Certain contracts must be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel. Before forwarding the contract to the Office of the General Counsel for review, you should first read the contract and note any terms or conditions with which you take issue or have a concern. Rice can then seek to modify the terms of the contract before it is signed. Watch out for clauses in which Rice is asked to indemnify the other party, or that contain liability limitations, or have restrictions that may be unfavorable to Rice. If you have specific questions about certain terms or clauses or for more information, please contact the Office of the General Counsel at 713- 348-5237.
Anyone who signs a contract on behalf of Rice must have written Signature Authority under University Policy 810. Prudence dictates that the signature authority be exercised only after the contract has been reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel and the appropriate officers, faculty, staff or other persons with a role in the matter have been consulted. Please refer to University Policy 810 for guidance.
If you are importing into the United States, you may contact the Office of Purchasing or the Office of the General Counsel for assistance with powers of attorney. For exports, please refer to the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance (SPARC).
Under Rice’s Standards of Ethical Conduct, there are multiple avenues for individuals to come forward with concerns about possible wrongdoing or unethical conduct. If feasible, an employee should speak with his or her immediate supervisor, but if the employee is uncomfortable speaking with the supervisor, please see the link above, which lists other avenues through which an individual may raise concerns.