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Presidential Orders


Administrative Order


No. 3



Legal Actions



1. Action by the Provost or the Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities

  In connection with their areas of authority, the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities, or their designees, are each authorized to act for the President of the University in requesting the Attorney General's Office to commence legal actions on behalf of the University or the Board of Regents whenever such actions are intended to advance or protect the interests of the University, provided that no litigation shall be instituted against a public entity or official or in exercise of the power of eminent domain without consultation with the President and the Chair of the Board of Regents, or if the Chair is unavailable, the Vice Chair of the Board of Regents.

2. Action by the Vice President and Vice Provost for Student Life

  The Vice President and Vice Provost for Student Life, or his or her designee, is authorized to act for the President of the University in requesting the Attorney General's Office to commence legal actions on behalf of the University or the Board of Regents to enforce the terms of leases or agreements with tenants in University-managed student housing facilities.

March 1, 1977; July 17, 1984; May 1, 1986; [Renumbered from Administrative Order No. 11] July 1, 1992; August 15, 2000; October 23, 2012.


For additional delegations of authority, see:

  • Board of Regents Governance, Bylaws, Article V, "Officers of the University"
  • Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 1, "Delegation of Authority"
  • Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 8, "Authority for Washington Administrative Code Rule Making"
  • Executive Order No. 1, "The Office of the President"
  • Executive Order No. 4, "The Provost"
  • Executive Order No. 5, "The Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities"
  • Executive Order No. 6, "The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), UW Medicine and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington"
  • Executive Order No. 7, "The Vice President for Minority Affairs"
  • Executive Order No. 9, "The Vice President for Human Resources"
  • Executive Order No. 10, "The Vice President for Student Life"
  • Executive Order No. 11, "The Vice President for External Affairs"
  • Executive Order No. 12, "The Deans"
  • Executive Order No. 14, "Chancellor, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma"
  • Executive Order No. 18, "The University Ombud"
  • Executive Order No. 62, "The Vice President for University Advancement"
  • Executive Order No. 63, "The Vice President for UW Information Technology and Chief Information Officer"
  • Administrative Order No. 1, "Business and Financial Affairs"
  • Administrative Order No. 2, "Civil Disorders"
  • Administrative Order No. 4, "Grant and Contract Awards and Amendments for Research, Development, Service, and Training"
  • Administrative Order No. 5, "Delegated Authority for Gifts to the University"
  • Administrative Order No. 6, "Personnel Actions"

For related information, see:

  • Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 5, "Indemnification of University Personnel"
  • Executive Order No. 19, "Attorney General's Division"