Contracts Frequently Asked Questions

What is a contract?

A contract is any agreement that is enforceable by law, between two or more parties who commit to do (or not do) certain things. In our non-work lives we may be familiar with contracts for home improvement work, to lease an apartment, to lock in heating oil prices during the winter, or to buy or sell a car. Here at UConn Health we rely on contract templates such as our Purchase Order terms and conditions, Standard Procurement Contract, Personal Service Agreement (PSA), and AIA construction contract documents.

How long will the contract process take?

How can I find out the status of a particular contract?

Look at the list on the Contracts SharePoint site, check the Comments tab on your Purchase Requisition in HuskyBuy, contact the assigned Contract Preparer, or call Berri Gerjuoy, at 860-679-6592.

Who can sign contracts on behalf of UConn Health?

Only the individuals designated by UConn Health Policies (as authorized through Connecticut statutes, the UConn Board of Trustees and the UConn Health's Board of Directors) are allowed to sign contracts on behalf of UConn Health. It does not matter whether the contract is for the expenditure or receipt of funds, or if the contract does not involve money changing hands. If the document involved will result in the UConn Health being legally obligated to do or not do something, it must be signed by an authorized UConn Health representative. See President Herbst's Signature Authority.

Why can’t I sign no-cost/no-charge contracts on behalf of UConn Health?

Even no-cost/no-charge contracts are legally binding agreements. Only designated individuals are allowed to make legal commitments on behalf of UConn Health.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the contract process in general?

Contact Berri Gerjuoy, at 860-679-6592 or gerjuoy@uchc.edu.

Who should I contact to report contract-related compliance issues or concerns?

See the reporting instructions on UConn Health’s Corporate Compliance Program website.

In addition to the contract itself, what forms do contractors need to sign in order to enter into a contract with UConn Health?

As a constituent unit within the State of Connecticut’s system of public higher education, UConn Health must have its contractors execute certain forms mandated by the State of Connecticut. Further information can be found on the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) website.

Where can contractors and state employees get more information about the State of Connecticut’s Code of Ethics?

The Office of State Ethics (OSE) publishes plain language guides for current and potential state contractors and for state employees, to explain the State of Connecticut’s Code of Ethics. Links to those guides can be found on the OSE website.