GU Policy on Review of International Agreements

Effective July 1, 2015, certain international agreements must go through a formal review process. This page summarizes the new university policy. It also outlines the advice and assistance that GPS can provide to facilitate the process and addresses some FAQs.

Policy Outline

Purpose: To review the financial, legal, employment, risk and compliance implications of university agreements with non-U.S. entities, including governments, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations. 

Exclusions: Not covered by this policy are (1) agreements, grants or contracts relating to sponsored research or sponsored programs that are subject to review and approval by specific offices at the University; (2) gift agreements; and (3) non-binding expressions of intent that do not create any financial or other obligations.

Roles and Responsibilities: The school or unit should negotiate with international collaborators on the basis of approved agreement frameworks and must obtain all necessary academic approvals before preparing the final agreement for the appropriate university signatory.

Before signature, the school or unit will submit a transmittal form and copy of the agreement for simultaneous review by up to five relevant offices – General Counsel, Risk Management, Human Resources, Tax, and Global Services – and for approval by the VP for Finance.

After signature, the school or unit will retain the original copy of the fully executed agreement and submit a PDF copy to Global Program Support Services.

For more background and instructions, access the university policy and transmittal form.