Standard Contracts, Model Contracts, and Additional Resources

Standard Contracts, Model Contracts, and Additional Resources
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Standard Contracts   |   Model Contracts

The Office of General Counsel provides specialized legal and professional services to UT System Administration and all of the UT System institutions in many areas, including:

  • procurement, service contracts
  • real estate contracts
  • construction contracts
  • software licenses
  • material transfer agreements
  • other intellectual property contracts

These legal and professional services include:

  • advice on data security matters
  • review and negotiation of contracts
  • development of standard contracts and contract templates
  • advice and counsel, regarding:
    • procurement matters
    • new and innovative methods of construction project delivery
    • contract disputes
    • other contract matters  

To request OGC review of a contract, please complete the OGC Contract and Procurement Solicitation Intake Form found in Checklists, Forms, and Guidelines.

Standard Contracts

Standard contracts are forms approved by the Board of Regents or the Office of General Counsel, pursuant to UT System Policy UTS145. Using a standard contract form will expedite UT System review and approval. OGC review is unnecessary, unless substantive changes have been made in the new agreement.

A standard contract form may be executed prior to submitting it to UT System for review and approval. Go to Checklists, Forms, and Guidelines to search for a Systemwide Standard Contract or Release and Indemnity Agreement. A standard contract may be used Systemwide, or it may be applicable to only one institution.

Criteria for standard contract designation include:

  • Repeated use of the form. Unless the form is to be used more than a few times, the standard contract designation is not necessary.
  • No substantive changes. If the form is changed or is likely to be changed in a substantive way, it is not suitable for "standard contract" designation. Changes in the names of parties, amount of consideration, date, and term are examples of "non-substantive changes."
  • Prior approval of the same or similar forms by OGC and the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor of UT System.
  • Request to OGC for designation as a standard contract with an electronic copy of the proposed form, preferably with blanks in those parts of the agreement that would be subject to change, i.e., names, date, consideration, term. 

Model Contracts

Model contracts are agreements that have not been designated as standard contracts but are examples of good drafting and treatment of a given subject matter. A contract based on a model contract must be approved by OGC and the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor. Use of model contracts, however, should expedite the approval process in most instances. Go to Checklists, Forms, and Guidelines to search for a Construction Contract, Procurement Solicitation, or Service Contract; or, go to The University of Texas Purchasing Council webpage.

Additional Resources

*The materials and links provided on this site are for informational purposes only. Please contact an attorney for specific legal advice. © 2015 The University of Texas System.
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