Gifts, Grants, and Contract Management

Reason for Policy: 

This policy outlines former State Board policies around gifts, grants and contract management with respect to institutional authority.

Entities Affected by this Policy: 

Finance and Administration; University Advancement

Responsible Office: 

For questions about this policy, please contact Vice President for University Advancement 541-346-5555.

Enactment & Revision History: 

02 September 2015 - Technical revisions enacted by the university

01 July 2014 - Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law

Former Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 580 Division 22, Section 0115


A. General Authority:

The Board encourages gifts by faithfully devoting them, subject to the terms of the gift, to the institution or program for which intended, and by other suitable means.

B. Delegation

(1) Institutions are authorized to apply for and accept, on behalf of the Board, gifts or grants and to negotiate contracts that will not result in:

(a) Enrollments in excess of those on which budgets have been based;

(b) Commitment of funds beyond those available in budgets approved by the Board, or the normal continuation thereof;

(c) Creating a commitment for the institution or the state to continue support of a program funded through gifts, grants or contracts, in the event such funds are discontinued;

(d) Development or support of activities inconsistent with the approved mission of the department and/or institution;

(e) Launching of new curricular programs that have not received prior Board approval;

(f) Establishing or significantly expanding a clientele for services of an essentially nonresearch or noninstructional nature.

(2) The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration or a designee is authorized to approve applications for and acceptance of other gifts, grants or contracts.

C. Institutional Responsibility

Requests for gift, grant, or contract funds may be initiated by an institution, division or statewide service, acting for the Board, subject to the following considerations:

(1) A request obligating the Board to increase an allocation of state appropriations or seek additional state funds where the gift, grant or contract to be discontinued is subject to Board approval before the request is submitted to the granting agency.

(2) When all or a major portion of project performance requires the services of institutional personnel or use of its property or if project funding includes indirect cost allowances, funding is to be requested in the name of the Board.

D. Board Acceptance of Scholarship Gifts

(1) Gifts made to an institution by any donor to provide scholarships on a competitive basis shall be reported to the Board as scholarship gifts, provided the institution participates in the selection of the recipients.

(2) Gifts made to an institution by nonprofit organizations for the benefit of designated students shall be reported as scholarship gifts to the institution on the assumption that the recipients were selected on a competitive basis.

(3) Gifts made by individuals, or by partnerships and corporations operated for profit, for designated students not selected on some competitive basis ordinarily used in selecting scholarship recipients, shall not be accepted as scholarship gifts to the institution. These payments may be deposited to the credit of the student in the institutional business office in an agency account known as "Student Safekeeping." These contributions or payments shall be considered gifts to the recipient and not to the institution and will not be reported to the Board.

Original Source: 
Oregon Administrative Rule