On This Page:
- What are electronic signatures?
- What is DocuSign?
- How do I obtain an electronic signature account?
- How much does an electronic signature account cost?
- When can I use electronic signatures?
- What file types can I use?
- Who can see the documents I send via DocuSign?
- Can recipients sign a document on a mobile device?
- Can I store signed documents on DocuSign?
- Can I send sensitive documents with DocuSign?
Adobe Sign was discontinued on Thursday, January 23, 2020, as UMass Amherst has switched to DocuSign for its digital document routing and signing platform. Please see the official announcement for more information.
An electronic signature is a simple and often legally recognized way to indicate consent or approval on a digital document or form. Unlike electronic signatures, digital signatures are a specific implementation of an e-signature that requires the signer to have a certificate-based digital ID.
DocuSign is the service that powers Electronic Signatures at UMass Amherst. DocuSign enables departments, faculty, and staff to obtain electronic signatures for documents such as contracts, agreements, or estimates. UMass Amherst previosuly used Adobe Sign (formerly eSign), which was discontinued on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
To activate your account and begin using DocuSign, log in with your NetID email (NetID@umass.edu) to begin use.
Once you have logged in, you can immediately begin creating and building templates using some of the many new and intuitive tools available. To learn more about DocuSign and its features, we suggest reviewing some of the many learning materials available online at the DocuSign University website (requires account activation).
DocuSign accounts are free to use for faculty and staff under the enterprise license obtained by the university.
Electronic signatures can replace paper signatures for contracts, agreements, and other documents, some exceptions apply. Please speak to your supervisor regarding the use of electronic signatures in your area. In some cases, a paper signature is required. Do not use DocuSign for sensitive documents.
DocuSign offers extensive file type support, including:
- PDF (.pdf)
- Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx)
- Text (.txt)
- Rich Text (.rtf)
DocuSign electronic signature requests are sent directly to the email address(es) of the signer(s) that you specify before you send a document.
Yes. DocuSign supports web-enabled phones and tablet devices as long as the device has a web browser.
DocuSign archives signed documents, but always make sure to store a local copy of signed documents by downloading them to your computer or saving a print copy.
No. Do not use DocuSign to send or store documents containing sensitive information (e.g., Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers).