Delegation of authority represents the legal power to act in the name of the Regents of the University of Michigan or to bind the University of Michigan to an obligation or promise. This authority derives from the general power given the Regents and the President within the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and within the implementing statutes. The particular authority exercised by University personnel is found within Regents Bylaws, Regents Action and sub-delegations by Regents authorized personnel.

Signing an agreement is the most common way delegated authority is exercised. A written contract signed by all parties is an obvious example. Clicking on “OK” before ordering a book from an online bookstore or registering for a seminar are examples of exercise of delegated authority without a formal signature.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUTSIDE ENTITIES: If you are engaging with the University on a business or finance matter, you must ensure that you are dealing with someone who is appropriately authorized. If a person is purporting to negotiate with you on behalf of the University who is neither delegated authority through this Table nor able to provide written evidence of a sub-delegation made to them personally, you should cease negotiating with that person.

UM-Flint Campus Delegations

UM-Flint campus has been delegated authority, through Standard Practice Guide (SPG) 601.24, to sign documents or bind the University to an agreement of the types described in the Tables referenced below to those persons holding the applicable University of Michigan positions identified in the Table (whether permanently or on an interim or acting basis). Sub-delegation of the authorities contained in this Table is not permitted unless expressly indicated in the Table, and must be made in writing and in accordance with Part IV of SPG 601.24.


Please contact the Procurement and Contracts staff for assistance in all contract matters.