The University developed guidelines in order to address how international entities established by Columbia University should coordinate with central and departmental administrations when undertaking certain types of transactions and activities.
See the Guidelines on Host Country Transaction Authority for additional details.
These guidelines are general and high-level, and more specific procedures may be set forth in a department’s Standard Operating Procedures manual. If there is a conflict between these guidelines and the department’s Standard Operating Procedures manual, the manual will supersede and govern.
Compliance with these guidelines is important for helping achieve uniformity, quality, effectiveness, and financial integrity of operations in international programs supported by Columbia University. These guidelines also help ensure that the entity’s operations comply with laws and regulations of the host country and the U.S. government, as well as the requirements of grants and contributions benefiting the entity.