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Published:  January 1, 2017



This Policy establishes the requirements for the use at Columbia University (“Columbia” or the “University”) of electronic signatures in lieu of handwritten signatures in connection with official University activities to ensure that electronic signatures are used consistently with the University’s Policy on Departmental Authorization Function [] and the University’s Policy on Goods and Services Contracts


This Policy applies to all members of the University community and governs all uses of electronic signatures in connection
with official University activities.


This Policy does not mandate the use of electronic signatures or otherwise limit the rights of parties to conduct transactions on paper, nor does this Policy apply when a handwritten
signature on a paper record is required by applicable law.  This Policy does not apply to facsimile signatures used on checks issued by the University.


Capitalized terms used in this Policy are defined in Section III of this Policy.


To see the full text of this policy, please use the link on the right.