In general, North Carolina law recognizes the validity of electronic or digital signatures for contracts or other legally binding documents (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-58.1, et seq.). However, for a public agency like UNC Charlotte to accept electronic or digital signatures, several criteria must be met.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when contracting with another entity or receiving any forms or documentation requiring a signature. If you have questions about the acceptability of any signature, contact the Office of Legal Affairs (x7-5732).
When negotiating a contract, both parties must agree that utilizing digital or electronic signatures is acceptable for the particular agreement. Therefore, if any University unit head or supervisor does not want to accept a digital or electronic signature from the other party, he/she may make that decision for the unit and require hardcopy documents with original handwritten ink signatures.
Acceptable digital/electronic signatures:
Unacceptable digital/electronic signatures: