Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most common questions we get at the UCO. We hope you can find an answer to your question here, but if not, please don't hesitate to call (8-2528) or email our office.
When is UCO approval required?
How do I request UCO approval?
What is a "Click Through Agreement (CTA)"?
Some services are offered via the Internet. Usually, the vendor's website requires the Buyer to click an "I Accept" button that legally binds Carnegie Mellon to the vendor's terms and conditions. The UCO calls these types of terms and conditions "click-through agreements" or CTAs. The UCO cannot always negotiate revisions to click-through agreements, but the UCO does advise the Buyer about the risks and obligations they are agreeing to by using the vendor's service.
Before submitting a request for a CTA approval, please check the list of approved online services.
To submit a request for CTA review, please provide a link to the vendor's site or their terms and conditions, an explanation of the services, and the purpose for which the services will be used.
Please note: Software and CTA approvals are valid for one year from the date of approval.
We are hosting a catered event. Do we need UCO approval?
Please review UCO's Catering and Dining Information [pdf] document for guidelines for events held both on and off campus. For on-campus events, the general rule is that if a vendor is just dropping off food, a contract is not required. However, if they are remaining on campus to serve or perform other duties during the event, a contract is required. If you’re planning on serving alcohol, please review the University's policy on serving/consuming alcohol [pdf].
We need to purchase software. What should we do?
First check this list to see if the University has already licensed the software you want to purchase. If the software is not on the list, Buyers must submit any software's license or EULA (End User License Agreement) for UCO review. A review of a license or EULA must take place whether or not the software is being purchased or used as part of a free trial. Please email our office and include a link if available.
We’re hosting a speaker. Is a contract required? Or can we use an Honorarium?
Please review UCO's Honorarium Guidance [pdf] document for help determining whether an Honorarium can be used or if a contract is required. An editable Honorarium Form, can be found here [doc]. Submit a contract request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our department wants to hire an Independent Contractor. What should we do?
For more information, visit our Independent Contractor page.
We’re ordering custom printed or engraved items. Do we need UCO approval?
There is a Master Services Agreement for this vendor. Do we need to consult UCO before ordering?
If the vendor wants a signature on an invoice or quote, you need to send it to the UCO If a signature is not required, often a simple addition of language will suffice. Please contact us at email@example.com to see if UCO is review is required.
Can we charge a service to a PCard?
The UCO has no authority to grant permission to pay for a service or product with the PCard. Permission must come from the PCard Office. However, the PCard Office may question whether or not a contract or a review of terms and conditions is needed for payment of a service or product.
The vendor wants a signature on a quote or an invoice. Can I sign for it?
No. Buyers do not have authority to sign on behalf of the University. Any document from a vendor that requires a signature must come to our office.
The vendor requires a deposit or payment on the date of service. How do I pay them?
Where are CMU forms?
Certificates of Insurance: Carnegie Mellon Certificates of Insurance are issued by the Office of Risk Management, Diane Patterson, Senior Risk Management and Insurance Specialist, 412-268-4286
Tax Exemption Form: Pennsylvania Tax Exemption Forms are issued by the Taxation Office.