The University of Tennessee's Standard Terms and Conditions

 

  1. The University is not bound by this Contract until it is approved by the appropriate University official(s) indicated on the signature page of this Contract.

  2. This Contract may be modified only by a written amendment which has been executed and approved by the appropriate parties as indicated on the signature page of this Contract.

  3. The Contractor shall not assign this Contract or enter into a subcontract for any of the services performed under this Contract without obtaining the prior written approval of the University.

  4. Unless otherwise indicated on the reverse, if this Contract provides for reimbursement for travel, meals or lodging, such reimbursement must be made in accordance with University travel policies.

  5. The Contractor warrants that no part of the total Contract amount shall be paid directly or indirectly to an employee or official of the State of Tennessee as wages, compensation, or gifts in exchange for acting as officer, agent, employee, subcontractor, or consultant to Contractor in connection with any work contemplated or performed relative to this Contract, and that no employee or official of the State of Tennessee holds a controlling interest in the Contractor. If the Contractor is an individual, the Contractor certifies that he/she is not presently employed by the University or any other agency or institution of the State of Tennessee; that he/she has not retired from or terminated such employment within the past six months; and that he/she will not be so employed during the term of this Contract.

  6. The Contractor shall maintain documentation for all charges against the University under this Contract. The books, records and documents of the Contractor, insofar as they relate to work performed or money received under this Contract, shall be maintained for a period of three (3) full years from the date of the final payment, and shall be subject to audit, at any reasonable time and upon reasonable notice, by the University or the Comptroller of the Treasury, or their duly appointed representatives. These records shall be maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

  7. No person on the grounds of disability, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or any other classification protected by Federal and/or Tennessee State constitutional and/or statutory law shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in the performance of this Contract. The Contractor shall, upon request, show proof of such non-discrimination, and shall post in conspicuous places, available to all employees and applicants, notice of nondiscrimination.

  8. The Contractor, being an independent contractor, agrees to carry adequate public liability and other appropriate forms of insurance, and to pay all taxes incident to this Contract. The University shall have no liability except as specifically provided in this Contract.

  9. The Contractor shall comply with all applicable Federal and State laws and regulations in the performance of this Contract.

  10. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee, which provide that the University has liability coverage solely under the terms and limits of the Tennessee Claims Commission Act.

  11. The Contractor shall avoid at all times any conflict of interests between his/her duties and responsibilities as a Contractor and his/her interests outside the scope of any current or future Contracts. The following principles define the general parameters of a conflict of interests prohibited by the University:

      1. Contractor’s outside interests shall not interfere with or compromise his/her judgment and objectivity with respect to his/her duties and responsibilities to the University.

      2. A contractor shall not make or influence University decisions or use University resources in a manner that results in:

        • Financial gain outside any current or future Contracts for either the Contractor or his/her relatives or

        • Unfair advantage to or favored treatment for a third party outside the University.

      3. Contractor’s outside financial interests shall not affect the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

    The Contractor certifies that he/she has no conflicts of interests and has disclosed in writing the following:

      1. Any partners or employees of the Contractor who are also employees of the University.

      2. Any relatives of the Contractor’s partners or employees who work for the University.

      3. Any outside interest that may interfere with or compromise his/her judgment and objectivity with respect to his/her responsibilities to the University.

  12. If the Contractor fails to perform properly its obligations under this Contract or violates any term of this Contract, the University shall have the right to terminate this Contract immediately and withhold payments in excess of fair compensation for completed services. The Contractor shall not be relieved of liability to the University for damages sustained by breach of this Contract by the Contractor.

  13. It is understood by the Contractor that the University will possess all rights to any creations, inventions, other intellectual property, and materials, including copyright or patents in the same, which arise out of, are prepared by, or are developed in the course of the Contractor’s performance under this Contract. The Contractor and the University acknowledge and agree that the Contractor’s work under this Contract shall belong to the University as "work-made-for-hire" (as such term is defined in U.S. Copyright Law).

  14. For personal, professional, and consultant services, the Contractor shall submit brief, periodic progress reports to the University as requested.

  15. In compliance with the requirements of Chapter 878, Public Acts of 2006 of the State of Tennessee, for any contract for goods or services purchased by the University, the Contractor hereby attests that the Contractor shall not knowingly utilize the services of an illegal immigrant in the performances of this Contract and shall not knowingly utilize the services of any subcontractor who will utilize the services of an illegal immigrant in the United States in the performance of the Contract.

  16. Any activities performed within the University of Tennessee facilities in support of this contract shall be executed in accordance with all applicable safety and environmental standards.  Covered activities include but are not limited to the installation, servicing and maintenance of devices or equipment.  Requisite safety standards include those promulgated by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Division of Radiological Health, and any other regulation or related consensus standards which may apply to the device, equipment, or services covered under this contract.  All hazardous substances and materials, including waste, under the control of the contractor shall be managed in accordance with applicable EPA and TDEC regulations.

Failure to abide by regulatory requirements may result in termination of the contract by the university.  Any fines imposed against the university as the result of a contractor’s failure to abide by regulations shall be the contractor’s responsibility.