Student Club and Organizations Contract Info

All contracts are routed through the Student Activities Office to be signed by a Student Affairs officer or staff member. Do not sign contracts yourself! We do not want you, your group, or your advisor to be held responsible for the terms of the contract.  Question about the process?  Please contact your club's Activities Liaison.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: All contract templates for Fall 2021 have been updated and can be found below. 

Contract Information - Quick Links

Read below to see which contract is appropriate for your event and learn more about the contract approval process.


Student registers event in SAO360


Select appropriate contract template



If your group is interested in bringing a speaker to campus to talk to your members, a contract may be necessary. If your speaker is a Notre Dame professor speaking on the area in which they teach at the University and there is no charge, a contract is not necessary. For all others (including unpaid speakers):

Please note the following Student Activities Policy from duLacAny student or group of students, including any branch of Student Government or any student organization or club, wishing to submit an official request or proposal (other than a purely personal communication) to the President, a Vice President, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of any University Advisory Council, must first submit the request or proposal in writing through the Associate Vice President for Student Development, to the Vice President for Student Affairs, or the Vice President's delegate.

Entertainers, Bands, Performers

If your group has a band, DJ, or other type of entertainer coming to campus, a contract will be necessary even if the amount is $0. Please note: This contract should also be used for technical staff that may be hired for your event (Ex. light designer, etc.)

Movie, TV and Play rights

Contact your Activities Liaison asap if your group would like to show a movie or purchase the rights to perform a play or musical. Contracts and/or fees may be associated, so plan ahead!

Instructors / Team Coaches

Instructor contracts are usually for Performing Arts groups that bring dance instructors in, but could also include other instructors. CPR certification and insurance must be proved by instructor with contract. If instructing off campus (i.e. at instructor’s studio), CPR and insurance is still needed. Team Coach contracts are usually for Academic or Athletic Club Sports groups that hire outside individuals to coach their respective team.

  • If you need the coaches contract template (both paid and unpaid), please contact your Activities Liaison.


You must use an approved charter coach company for bus trips. If you are using Cardinal Buses or Royal Excursion, a contract is not needed. Please ask them to send a copy of the invoice to the SAO. A contract is needed with all other charter companies. Please contact your Activities Liaison if you would be renting a bus.

Venues with Master Agreements on File with the Student Activities Office

Contracts with off campus restaurants, banquet halls, bowling alleys, retreat centers, etc. that have a master agreement on file with University of Notre Dame's Student Activities Office are not needed. 

If you are renting equipment from Aay's Rent-Alls, or having an event at Chippewa Bowl and Strikes and Spares, a contract is not needed. Please ask them to send a copy of the invoice or reservation sheet to your Activities Liaison.

If you are using these retreat facilities (listed below) please remind the reservation manager to use the University of Notre Dame standard contract for that retreat center.

Contracts are necessary with off campus restaurants, banquet halls, bowling alleys, retreat centers, etc. that DO NOT have an agreement on file with University of Notre Dame's Student Activities Office.

All other contracts must be routed through the Student Activities Office, regardless of the amount. This includes contracts for bus companies, off campus venues, retreat facilities, rental companies, not mentioned above.


Student completes and fills out the appropriate contract template

Many times, students are not sure how to complete a contract template. Read below for some of the items to watch for. You can also refer to the sample contracts, which are listed under each of the contracts above:

Complete the Contract Template on a Computer

When completing a contract template, the easiest thing to do is to complete the contract template on the computer. Gather all pertinent information from the person / group ahead of time, so that all the person / group needs to do is sign and date the contract.

Initial Added Items

In case the person / group does add an item to the completed typed contract, or there is a provision on the Standard Form Entertainment Contract (SFEC) on line 17, those items need to be initialed by the person / group. When you send the completed contract template to the person / group, please remind him/her to initial all changes that have been made. This ensures the person / group agrees to the additional provisions, and agrees to items added to the contract.

Outline Type of Performance

Be specific on the contract about what type of performance the Artist will complete. For example, “One 30 minute juggling performance.” Defining this activity both sets forth the type of performance, and defines the length of the performance.

Set a Flat Fee for Performance

The agreed price for performance should be a flat fee. If the person / group would like for your group to pay for travel, include this in the flat fee so that the fee is inclusive of airfare, hotel, etc., instead of reimbursing costs. If expenses are to be reimbursed, contact your Activities Liaison on how to incorporate these expenses into the contract template. Reimbursements must be itemized and dropped off at the Student Union Bookkeeper’s Office, 314C LaFortune Student Center.

Turn Contract in at least 2 Weeks Before Event

It is extremely important that person / group send the signed contract to the Student Activities Office at least 2 weeks ahead of the event. This allows ample time for the contracts to be reviewed and routed to appropriate parties.

Ask for Help!

We are here to assist you in planning your event. If you ever have questions about which contract to use, how to fill one out, etc., please do not hesitate to ask! You can contact the Student Activities Office by calling 574-631-7308.


Student sends contract template to person / group to review and sign

  1. Select the appropriate contract (see above) and complete it with details regarding your event.
  2. Send completed contract to the person / group you are contracting with. If you are using the contract template above, you will need to complete the contract, select print, and change the printer to Adobe PDF (this is the required step to save your document). Next, name your file and select a location to save this contract. Once this process is complete, attach completed contract to an email and send it to the person / group with which you are contracting.

Person / Group send signed contract template to the SAO

  1. Have the person / group sign it and initial anything that was added.
  2. Ask the person /group to fax it back to 574-631-8139, or scan into an email and send to your Activities Liaison. The person / group will need to send ALL pages, even though some pages do not include signatures (the fax date and time printed at the top must be the same for all).
  3. Contract should be received in the Student Activities Office, 315 LaFortune Student Center at least 2 weeks before the event.

Updated contract payment processing details

For all completed contracts submitted through SAO, payment will automatically be processed 2 weeks after the scheduled event date. If your event did not happen and/or your payment should be canceled, you must email within 7 days of the scheduled event date. In your email, provide your club name, event date, and each specific individual/business contracted for the function that must be canceled. As an email subject, please write “CONTRACT NO PAY”.


Pickup check before event


Pay person / group following performance

List of off campus venues and resources where only an invoice is needed:

Bus Companies

Click here to see the full list of approved Charter Bus Companies. 

Retreat Centers

Entertainment / Dance Venues