If you are paying a speaker honorarium $600 and above, the college requires the use of a contract. Some speaker agencies will provide their own contracts. These documents should be reviewed by legal counsel before they are signed to make sure they to do not include inappropriate terms of indemnification and that they don’t conflict with college rules. The better course of action is to use the Williams contract.
Faculty members are not generally authorized to sign contracts on behalf of the college. This includes contracts for speakers and performers. Such authorization is delegated to a limited number of administrators on campus by a senior staff member. If you are an administrator and you are charged with signing contracts by your department, please make sure you are authorized by the senior staff member to whom your unit reports. All such authorization must be in writing. If you sign contracts without such authorization, you may be personally liable for the costs and conditions of the contract.