Policy 4101
Contractual Agreements: Student Clubs and Organizations

Date of Current Revision: June 2016
Primary Responsible Officer: Assistant Vice President for Finance


This policy establishes guidelines for the management of the contractual agreements entered into by student clubs and organizations.


The Board of Visitors has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to govern James Madison University. See Code of Virginia section 23-164.6; 23-9.2:3. The board has delegated the authority to manage the university to the president.


Front-end Budgeted (FEB) Organization: 
A student organization that receives an allocation of student fees (from the Student Government Association and Media Board) during the spring semester for the following academic year.


This policy applies to contractual agreements entered into by JMU student clubs and organizations that are front-end budgeted through the SGA and Media Board respectively. Therefore, all university student organizations that are front end budgeted and planning to conduct programs on or off the campus, or that provide services to JMU students must follow this policy when such programs and services necessitate a contractual agreement with non-university agencies.


All procurements shall be in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act and the Commonwealth of Virginia Agency Purchasing Manual for Institutions of Higher Education and Their Vendors. Purchasers are expected to exercise prudent judgment and their actions must sustain the test of public review.


6.1 No student or officer of any student organization may use the name of James Madison University in connection with contractual agreements that obligate the university financially or in any other way without expressed written authorization from the Director of the University Unions (or designated staff) and, when applicable, the Assistant Vice President for Finance.

6.2 Executive officers of the student organization are to discuss with the organization's faculty adviser the program or service for which they seek contractual agreements involving non-university agencies, obtain the faculty adviser's signature on the contract for such services and submit the contract for services to the director of the University Unions for review, signature and referral to other university officials as appropriate.

6.3 No contractual agreement may be executed until facilities and finances called for by the contract have been arranged by the student organization's officers and adviser to the satisfaction of the director of the University Unions. Where applicable, a copy of the James Madison University contract rider entitled "Commonwealth of Virginia Agency Contract Form Addendum to Contractor's Form" or parts thereof shall be attached to the contract.

6.4 Contracts generated by student organizations that are front-end budgeted by the Student Government Association and Media Board (University Program Board, Bluestone, The Breeze, etc.) are to be submitted to the director of the University Unions for approval by the appropriate university official(s).

6.5 Contracts that provide for on-campus sales or solicitation by non-university agencies fall under university policies governing such on-campus sales and solicitation (see the JMU Student Handbook).


It is the responsibility of the executive officers of the sponsoring student organization to keep their adviser and the director of the University Unions currently advised about the organization's sponsorship of programs or services that may obligate the university financially or in other ways. The director of the University Unions may refer the student organization to more appropriate university departments in order to deal with the particulars of contractual arrangements.

The university is not responsible for the action, contracts or purchases of student clubs and organizations not receiving direct financial or other support from the university. These organizations are conducting business through a separate federal tax identification number.


Student clubs and organizations that do not adhere to this policy may lose funding as well as official recognition.

For individual students, sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the occurrence and may include suspension or expulsion.

For employees, sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.




The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president and is generally delegated to the assistant vice president for finance.

Previous version: April 2014 
Approved by the President: May 2002

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