UA Board of Regents approved Use of Electronic Signature Policy P05.08.040 to adopt electronic signatures for university business processes.
To the degree already allowed by the Federal law and State of Alaska statute, the University recognizes and authorizes electronic signatures as a method to conduct University business. The University of Alaska may conduct business through the use of electronic signatures in all transactions or processes except the following:
- any transaction or process that requires a notarized signature
- any transaction or process that is not legal to conduct electronically
The Chief Records Officer and Chief Information Technology Officer are responsible for developing Administrative Guidelines for the use of Electronic Signatures at the University of Alaska. The Administrative Guidelines for the use of Electronic Signatures can be found as part of the Accounting and Administrative Manual on the Controller’s website.
Reference: Alaska Statutes Title 9. Chapter 80 Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and Uniform Electronic Transactions ACT (UETA)
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1. When Digital Signatures Make a Debut at Colleges and Universities, Business Officer (National Association of College & University Business Officers), February 2015, Shiva Hullavarad, Russell O'Hare, Ashok Roy
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