Memorandum of Understanding – Community & Campus Partners

Developing a Memorandum of Understanding for Community and Campus Partners

Items to consider in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between community and campus partners:

  • Project start and end
  • Clear and measurable project objectives, activities and deliverables
  • Roles, responsibilities, decision-making authority and associated time commitments for all involved
  • Any required resources and associated budget (e.g. transportation, phone calls, printing)
  • Timeline for project milestones and deliverables, community partner review of preliminary results/draft versions (e.g. ethics approval, project outputs completed)
  • Schedule for check-in meetings – virtual or in-person
  • Expectations for student mentoring by the community partner
  • Requirement for liability insurance
  • Requirements (if any) for Police Records Checks, Workers’ Compensation
  • Intellectual property – who holds ownership/control over research data, outputs, publication rights, authorship
  • How outputs will be shared and who will share them

See the following MoU examples:

McMaster University:


University of Kentucky:

Youth Development Executives of King County, Seattle:

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